Erie bishop: Disclosures part of ‘search for the truth’
Catholic Diocese of Erie says it hopes to help victims, community with its release 51 names of accused priests, laypeople
Bishop Lawrence Persico likened the event to ending a kind of darkness.
In a stunning break from years of Catholic Diocese of Erie policy, Persico on Friday released the names of priests and laypeople credibly accused of sexually abusing minors or engaging in improper behavior with minors since 1944. (scroll down for the list of names.)
“When everything is shrouded in cloud, everybody becomes suspicious,” Persico said. “Now that we have turned on the light it should be somewhat of a relief.”
He apologized to the victims on behalf of the diocese and said the release of the list is meant to . . .