Washington: A Roman Catholic diocese of the US state of Pennsylvania has unveiled a list of 71 clergy members and seminarians, some of them deceased, “accused” of sexual abuse of minors since 1940. The list was posted on the Harrisburg diocese’s website, and It includes 37 priests, three deacons and six seminarians of that diocese, as well as nine clerics from other Catholic districts and 16 members of “religious communities”, reports said.
The list features cases linked to allegations of indecent and inappropriate behaviour, including kissing, child pornography and inappropriate communications with minors. The diocese of Harrisburg covers the central Pennsylvania. None of the men on the list are currently teaching or in the ministry. Harrisburg Bishop Ronald W Gainer said in a letter that the church was releasing a list of all allegations made against clergy members from the diocese since 1940 that had not been proven false.
He also said that the diocese had wanted to make the list public in 2016, but the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office had asked them not to do so. According to reports, the US scandal coincides with a crisis within the Chilean Catholic Church, where 158 people linked to the clergy have been accused of sexual abuse.