Mis­souri dio­cese sex abuse re­port names 33 priests, re­li­gious broth­ers

Boston Herald - - OBITUARIES -

JEF­FER­SON CITY, Mo. — Thirty-three priests or re­li­gious broth­ers in the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Jef­fer­son City, Mo., have been “cred­i­bly ac­cused” and/or re­moved from the min­istry over sex­ual abuse of mi­nors, the bishop of the cen­tral Mis­souri dio­cese said yes­ter­day. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight re­leased a com­plete list of the names that fol­lowed an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gun in Fe­bru­ary. The list in­cludes 25 priests from the dio­cese, three priests from other ar­eas who pre­vi­ously served in the Jef­fer­son City dio­cese, and five mem­bers of a re­li­gious or­der. Four­teen of the 33 men named are dead. Many of them are el­derly. The dio­cese said the most re­cent case of phys­i­cal sex­ual abuse found in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion oc­curred in 1997. “Although the in­ci­dents are in the past, the pain caused is still a present re­al­ity for the sur­vivors of abuse and their loved ones,” McKnight said in a state­ment. He apol­o­gized for the ac­tions of the priests and broth­ers, “and the in­com­plete trans­parency we have lived un­der by not mak­ing all their names pub­lic.” McKnight also en­cour­aged any ad­di­tional vic­tims to come for­ward. David Clo­hessy, St. Louis di­rec­tor of the Sur­vivors Net­work of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, called the list “ir­re­spon­si­bly and painfully short on de­tails.” McKnight “should re­veal where each of these men worked, when they were ac­cused, when those al­le­ga­tions were deemed cred­i­ble, why the years of se­crecy, and where the men are now,” Clo­hessy said in a state­ment. The in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­re­lated to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion an­nounced in Au­gust by Mis­souri At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Haw­ley, in which the Dio­cese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, the Dio­cese of Jef­fer­son City, the Dio­cese of Spring­field-Cape Gi­rardeau and the Arch­dio­cese of St. Louis all agreed to open their records. Jack Smith, spokesman for the Catholic Dio­cese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, said the dio­cese also plans to re­lease a list of names but will wait un­til the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete.

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