Tues. 7:30 p.m.: Diocese to release names of priests accused of sexual abuse

YOUNGSTOWN – Bishop George Murry announced during a press conference today – his first day back to work since being diagnosed with acute leukemia in April – that the Youngstown Catholic Diocese plans to compile a list of priests who have been removed from service following credible allegations of child sexual abuse.

The announcement came several weeks after the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office released a list of names of hundreds of priests accused of child sexual abuse in several Pennsylvania dioceses dating back to the 1940s.

Murry said the list will be compiled and released to the public via the diocesan website within the next two months. He said a priest is removed from ministry for credible allegations of sexual abuse and all the parishes and schools where the priest served are notified in writing and asked to contact the diocese if anyone claims to have been abused.

“There is information in files. What we haven’t done is put them all in one place. Plans are to gather all the information and put it in one place,” the bishop said.

Read more in Wednesday’s Tribune Chronicle.