Rhode Island diocese lists Catholic officials 'credibly' accused of sexual abuse

Rhode Island diocese lists Catholic officials 'credibly' accused of sexual abuse
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, R.I., on Monday posted a list of 50 local church officials  who have been "credibly" accused of sexual assault.

Priests and deacons are among those named on the list.

Nineteen living priests and deacons are included, almost all of whom have been removed from ministry.

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The list also includes 25 dead priests and six others.

In a letter accompanying the list, Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin called the release “a difficult but necessary moment” in the history of the church.

“The publication of this list is an expression of the transparency we want to encourage, and the accountability we need to accept,” he wrote.

Survivors of abuse have been asking since at least 2008 for the Rhode Island Diocese to release a list of priests accused of abuse, according to The Associated Press.

The diocese reached a $14 million settlement in 2002 with 37 people who sued over clergy sexual abuse and it has settled other cases since then, the news service noted.

Scrutiny of abuse within the church has heightened since a Pennsylvania grand jury in August detailed hundreds of cases of alleged abuse.

More than 140 religious orders and Roman Catholic dioceses have released similar lists, and more than 100 of those have been updated since Pennsylvania's, according to the AP.