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ProPublica posts searchable database of accused priests

Posted at 11:19 AM, Feb 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 12:19:17-05

ProPublica, a non-profit journalism organization that investigates large-scale abuses of power, has posted a searchable database of credibly accused priests.

The database is populated with the lists of all the dioceses in the U.S. which have released their lists. Accompanying the database's release is an article by the organization chronicling the way the lists were released, and how those lists are "inconsistent, incomplete and omit key details."

"The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or USCCB, has issued no instructions on disclosures related to credibly accused priests, leaving individual dioceses and religious orders to decide for themselves how much or how little to publish. The USCCB says it does not have the authority to order dioceses to release names or to resolve disputes over who should be on the lists, though in 2002 after a scandal in Boston, the conference did put in place new protocols intended to ensure alleged abuse by clergy was reported and tracked," the article states.

To read the article, click here.

To search the database, click here.

To see KATC's Emmy-Award-winning and continuing investigation into the Lafayette Diocese's accused priests, click here.