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U.S. Jesuits release names of clergy accused of sexual abuse

Published: December 8, 2018
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Source: Reuters

DENVER (Reuters) - Two U.S. chapters of the Roman Catholic Church’s Jesuit order of clergyman on Friday released a list of 153 names of its clerics who have faced credible accusations of sexual misconduct spanning almost half the country.

The disclosures come from Jesuits on the West Coast and in the central United States and identify offenders dating back to the 1950s.

The Rev. Scott Santarosa, the head of the western Jesuit province apologized to the victims in a written statement accompanying the release.

“It is inconceivable that someone entrusted with the pastoral care of a child could be capable of something so harmful. Yet, tragically, this is a part of our Jesuit history, a legacy we cannot ignore,” Santarosa said.

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