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Archdiocese releases names of church leaders accused of sex abuse

J.R. Oppenheim
September 13, 2017 07:17 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In a letter released Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe released a list of names of the religious leaders accused of sexually abusing a child.

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The archdiocese released the list of 72 names after KOB went to court asking a judge to make the allegations public. A ruling on that request is still pending.

The list includes the names of those convicted; laicized (or removed from their position in the church) because of the accusations; publicly accused but were laicized after the accusations emerged; or publicly accused but the criminal process was not completed. Roughly half of those on the list have died.

The archdiocese did not reveal the names of those accused when the accusations were not substantiated in the eyes of the church, or if the accusations were withdrawn. If more information becomes available, the letter said the list will be updated.

Archbishop John C. Wester said the archdiocese decided to release the list after careful consideration, and they "must practice openness and transparency whenever possible."

"It is my deepest hope that our publication of this list will serve as an important step in healing for survivors, their families, and our Church and communities," Archbishop John C. Wester wrote in the letter. "But we will not stop here. We are continuing to work on additional programs and services to aid in healing and recovery, and I look forward to announcing those initiatives shortly."

To see the list in full, click here.

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