BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has released new details related to their plan to compile and make public their own, separate list of names of priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors within the church.
“The Diocese of Baton Rouge, which was formed in 1961, will release the names of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. This is of the highest priority to us. We’re working on a process to research our files so that when we do publish the list it will be accurate and complete. Part of this process is to establish a timeline for the release of the list. As Bishop Duca said recently, we want to be ‘attentive to the issues of justice and show concern for victims in a way that is transparent, credible, honest and caring,’” said officials in a letter released on October 12.
In a second letter issued on behalf of the diocese on November 10, Bishop Michael Duca announced an independent review of priests' and deacons' personal files was being led by outside law firms and was estimated to take a minimum of four to six weeks to complete. From the findings of the independent review, a list of credibly and substantially accused clergy will be published, according to the letter. Duca says he hopes to publish the list some time in January of 2019. Read the letter below:
This comes after several other dioceses in Louisiana announced they too will be releasing names of accused priests following an extensive investigation.