Evansville Diocese Releases List of Accused Clerics
A diocese in Indiana has released their list of clerics who have been “credibly” accused of abuse. We applaud this move but push for further action.
The Diocese of Evansville has become the latest – and last –Indiana Catholic Diocese to release a list of accused abusive priests. We hope this will help victims heal. We know this will make children safer.
At the same time, Bishop Joseph M. Siegel promised to take this step more than six months ago. His delay in doing so is inexcusable and has kept children needlessly at risk. We hope his flock will prod him to explain why it took him so long to take this step and why he thought this delay was in the best interests of children and parishioners in Evansville.
Bishop Siegel’s work is just beginning. Now, he must use pulpit announcements, church websites and parish bulletins to warn parents and the public about these potentially dangerous men. Alongside these names, Bishop Siegel should also include photos of these clerics as well as the dates on which allegations were received.
We also hope that anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups will call law enforcement, regardless of whether the wrongdoers are on this list or not. That is the very best way to safeguard children today, prevent abuse in the future, and help survivors heal.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)