Lafayette diocese's list of priests accused of sexually abusing children could be out soon
The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette has yet to release its own list of priests accused of sexually abusing children. But diocesan spokeswoman Blue Rolfes says it is in the works and could be wrapped up soon.
"We’re very near the end of the process," Rolfes said. "We hope within the next week or two to release the list."
Members of the diocese's lay review board are searching for accusations against clergy by combing through 50 years of personnel records for the hundreds of priests who have served in the diocese, Rolfes said. With the help of local attorneys, the group already has spent months on the project, she said.
"We're doing due diligence on everything," Rolfes said. "We’re examining every single piece of paper and hard copy that we can to make sure we're not missing anything."
Dioceses across the state and country are naming accused priests
Whenever the Lafayette diocese releases the names, it will join a growing number of others in the U.S. to do so. These lists of accused priests come on the heels of a damning Pennsylvania grand jury report made public in August that found widespread clergy sex abuse and church cover-up in six of the st...