BALTIMORE (AP) – The Archdiocese of Baltimore has posted a list of 71 priests and religious brothers accused of sexual abuse.
The Baltimore Sun reports that church officials say the move is a response to abuse survivors’ feedback. The archdiocese says it has received “credible” accusations about the listed clergymen during their lifetimes. Archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine says the list was posted in January, but there was no announcement since it didn’t include new information.
The church has disclosed the names before, but activists say listing the names in one place may encourage victims to come forward and expose the scope of abuse.
David Lorenz, Maryland director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says his group has asked every diocese in the country to make such a list.