Today (Thursday, August 25) the Archdiocese of Boston published, for the first time and in one place, the names of priests accused of sexual abuse of minors. You can find all the information here. That link will lead you to: a lengthy letter from Cardinal Sean O'Malley regarding the publication of the names; the categories of clerics listed in the publication; a search box from which one can trace a priest by name, by the parishes in which he served and by the cities/towns in which he served; and an open letter to survivors of abuse and an open letter to the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Some claim that this is a step forward.
Others have claimed that it is, at best, a half-step forward.
And certainly this is another sad, even if necessary chapter in a very tragic story.
Let us pray and work for those who have been abused.
Let us pray and work for priests who have abused children entrusted to their care in ministry.
Let us pray and work for priests who have been falsely accused.
And let us pray for all priests and the people they serve in these very difficult times.
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