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Louisiana’s Catholic bishops weighing a united “list” release

Posted at 10:37 AM, Sep 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-23 11:37:57-04

It has been a question in Lafayette’s Catholic diocese for years: Will the list of “credibly accused” priests be released?

Since the arrest earlier this year of a St. Landry Parish priest on child molestation charges, the question has been resurrected, but without action from Lafayette Bishop Douglas Deshotel.

Our media partners at The Advocate report that Louisiana’s bishops are discussing the release of each diocese’s list, possibly at the same time.

The state’s five bishops met last week in Lafayette for a quarterly meeting and it was discussed, The Advocate reports.

Baton Rouge’s bishop told The Advocate that the sitting Louisiana bishops are planning a united response to avoid putting added pressure on any particular diocese, although “every bishop will have their own unique situation and response,” the newspaper reports.

More than 50 dioceses nationwide already have released their lists, the Advocate reports.

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