Nashville diocese releases names of 13 former priests accused of sexually abusing minors

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville has published the names of 13 former priests accused of sexually abusing minors. The ex-clergy listed served as priests from the 1940s to the 1990s and held positions at Catholic parishes, schools and youth programs across the state. 

Nashville Bishop J. Mark Spalding decided to release the names — many of which local media have already reported — in response to this summer's damning Pennsylvania grand jury report that found allegations of widespread clergy sex abuse and cover-up in six of that state's dioceses. 

"It's really a part of the ongoing effort that Bishop Spalding has been stressing of transparency and accountability and pastoral care for people of the diocese," said Rick Musacchio, Nashville diocese spokesman. "He thought it would be appropriate for us to publish these names at this time as part of that effort."  

The recent wave of the sex abuse crisis has renewed scrutiny of how the global Catholic Church handles allegations and bishop misconduct.

High-profile church leaders have lost their jobs and states have started their own investigations. The U.S. Department of Just...

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