LA Catholic archdiocese lists 54 more priests accused of child sexual abuse

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For the first time in a decade, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Thursday updated its public list of priests accused of sexually abusing children, pledging to more frequently revise the disclosure.

Church officials added the names of 54 priests who were all accused of abuse since 2008.

“We’re responding to all that’s going on in the church at this point in time,” said Heather Banis, a victims assistance coordinator with the archdiocese.

“In the last 10 years, when reported to us, we’ve been making those names public in the parishes or ministry sites where the priests had served,” Banis said. “And there was a general sense that we needed to compile that information, have it all in one place and make it a little more accessible.”

First published in 2004, the archdiocese’s “Report to the People of God” names what the church calls “credibly accused” priests. The list was updated in 2005 and 2008. With the latest additions, the full list of Catholic clergy accused of child sex abuse in the archdiocese now numbers 296.

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Aaron Schrank covers religion, international affairs and the Southern California diaspora under a grant from the Luce Foundation.