Jesuits in Northeast post list of priests accused of abuse
NEW YORK (AP) — The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States released a list Tuesday of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.
All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus are dead, and all of the alleged abuse all took place before 1997.
Two former priests are incarcerated, one for possession of child pornography and one for abuse charges.
“At the heart of this crisis is the painful, sinful and illegal harm done to children by those whom they should have been able to trust,” the Rev. John J. Cecero, the top official for the province, said in a statement, adding, “We did not know any best practices to handle these violations many decades ago and regrettably made mistakes along the way.”
The list includes priests who served in Jesuit high schools and colleges throughout New England, New York and northern New Jersey.
Leaders of several universities where accused priests have served released statements in response to the list.
“We are heartsick that the shadow of the crisis within the larger Catholic community has been cast upon our University, and deeply troubled by the very real possibility that there are still survivors whose accounts of abuse we have not yet heard,” said the Rev. Joseph McShane, president of Fordham University.
Linda LeMura, president of LeMoyne Col...