286 Roman Priests In Texas Accused Of Child Abuse

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In Texas, 286 priests of the Roman Church were accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collections of names to be released.

The move by Texas church leaders follows a shocking Pennsylvania report in August detailing seven decades of child sexual abuse by more than 300 predator priests.

Furthermore, the Illinois attorney general reported last month that at least 500 Catholic clergy in that state had sexually abused children.

In the months after the Pennsylvania report , about 50 dioceses and religious provinces have released the names of nearly 1,250 priests and others accused of abuse.

Approximately 60 percent of them have died. About 30 other dioceses are investigating or have promised to release names of credibly accused priests in the coming months.

It’s not clear whether any of the names released could result in local prosecutors bringing criminal charges. The majority of those identified have since died.

Some investigations dated back to 1950. The San Antonio archdiocese had the longest list of names among Texas dioceses with 56 dating to 1940.

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