Diocese of Lincoln Posts Partial List of Clergy Accused of Abuse
The list published today by the Diocese of Lincoln is a small step forward for transparency on clergy sex crimes in Nebraska. We call on Church officials to take additional steps to keep children in Nebraska safe and to help victims heal.
First, the Diocese should include the names of not only Diocesan priests, but also those of religious order priests, brothers, nuns and lay employees who have been accused of abuse and spent time in Lincoln.
Second, the Diocese should include information about when it first received the allegations against each named person and what actions it took in response to those allegations. Only by knowing what went wrong in the past can we learn how to improve for the future and prevent additional cases of child sexual abuse.
Finally, now that this list has been published, we urge Bishop Conley to personally visit each parish where these men worked and urge victims, witnesses, and whistle blowers to come forward and make a report to police and prosecutors.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(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)