Yet we see no reason why this process must take months. Bishop Johnston should immediately post the names of and details about the dozens of child molesting clerics he knows to be guilty or 'credibly accused.' Then, if need be, he can add more later after this review is complete. But every day even one predator is kept hidden, kids are needlessly at risk. And they're given even more time to destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers and even flee the country.
Out of about 170 bishops in the US, 113 have completed this process and have posted predators' names on their websites, some as long as 17 years ago. It's incredibly irresponsible that Johnston is just starting to do so now.
CONTACT: David Clohessy, SNAP Volunteer Missouri Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org, 314-443-5915)
(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)