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 . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2018-04-09 09:30:25 -0500
    Hi everybody! I’m bishop Persico! My priest fraternity brothers molested a bunch of stupid Pennsylvania children. I did not turn them into the police when this could have been stopped. So they ruined the lives of hundreds of children-I had to protect the church. People found out so to try to save the reputation of my church I published the names of a bunch of dead or retired priests. It’s ok because the statute of limitations has expired so these poor old men are safe from the law. God forbid that I or my church should punish these old men-after all they are priests! There are no bad priests or bishops. I hope this makes everyone feel better. Those children are grown up now; besides I went to confession and we are all forgiven. No reason to help the people whose lives we ruined-the law can’t make me. Here’s your list of names-all is well. I can die and go to heaven now. Have a nice life!

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