Catholic Archdiocese Of Galveston-Houston Names 42 Clergy “Credibly Accused” Of Sexual Abuse

Catholic dioceses across the state are releasing names of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. The move is part of the Catholic Church’s efforts to improve transparency.

In Houston, 42 clergymen were named as “credibly accused” abusers.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston revealed names of 42 clergy who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor.

Among the 42, are two priests currently under investigation, Fathers John T. Keller and Manuel La Rosa-Lopez of Conroe. The Houston Archdiocese was searched by law enforcement last November, in connection with the investigation.

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops decided they would release names of the "credibly accused" after pressure for further transparency last fall.

The 15 dioceses of Texas each published individual lists of accused clerics on their websites, naming a total of 286 members of the clergy, going back to at least 1950.

Michael Norris, who leads the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), told Houston Matters these lists are not enough.

"You know, the church is claiming that they are transparent, yet they aren't. What they’re doing here is trying to control the message. They have not told us what their definition of credibility is," said Norris.

He's pushing for more independent investigations of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.

In response to today’s revelations, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said this was a day for victims to feel like they are not alone.

The Cardinal has been accused of not doing what he could to stop sexual abuse at churches in the Houston area.

In February, Catholic leaders from around the world will gather to address sexual abuse in the church.

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