A lawyer in the United States this week released the names of five priests, a nun and a choir director linked to clergy sex abuse cases.
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian released the names on Wednesday. The lawyer periodically releases new names publicly, and is highly critical of Catholic church officials for what he says is their refusal to consistently do so.
He said the public disclosures are needed to help victims heal and also as a matter of public safety, if the alleged abuser is still alive.
Garabedian said it is also a reminder that, despite decreased media coverage, the clergy sex abuse crisis is ongoing. “I don’t expect it to ever end,” he said.
The crisis broke nationally in 2002 after The Boston Globe wrote a series of stories revealing that church officials in Boston shifted pedophile priests between parishes without disclosing their alleged crimes.
At least four of the seven previously unnamed people on Garabedian’s list are deceased. All four worked in the Boston Archdiocese during the alleged abuse, which occurred between 1963 and 1985.
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