Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston plans to identify priests accused of abuse

By MATT SAXTON

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

In this March 2017 photo Archbishop William Lori leads a funeral Mass for Cardinal William Keeler at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. Lori, of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, announced in a news release Wednesday, he plans to release the names of all priests and deacons who have been “credibly accused” of child sexual abuse since 1950. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is following the trend of neighboring dioceses and releasing the list of names of who it said are priests, deacons and others with “credible” child sexual abuse allegations against them.

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, who is currently serving as apostolic administrator for the diocese, made the announcement Wednesday. In a statement released from his office, the archbishop said the diocese will release the list going back to 1950. Lori said none of the people listed are currently in active ministry.

Lori appointed Bryan Minor, delegate of administrative affairs for the diocese, to oversee the process of reviewing files. Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said that process, which is in the hands of the Diocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board, could take several weeks.

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