Alleged victims of clergy abuse ask Archbishop SF to release list of alleged culprits

A group of people claiming to be survivors of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church demanded on Thursday that Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone publicly release a list of priests and others accused of abuse in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Dioceses and archdioceses across the country — including in the Bay Area — have released lists of men accused of child sex abuse as part of an effort to atone for the abuse scandal.

But San Francisco remains a recalcitrant.

The group, the Network of Survivors of Those Abused by Priests, has prepared its own list of 312 priests, brothers and lay people active in the 88 churches in the archdiocese of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties – and plans to release it on Thursday.

They are asking the archdiocese to publish its own list, a decision they believe is important.

The archdiocese told The Chronicle that its “transparency regarding allegations of sexual abuse is directed to civil authorities such as police and sheriff’s departments, as well as an independent review board and our parish communities.”

“Such allegations are treated very seriously to protect victims and the vulnerable and to ensure justice for all involved,” the Archdiocese’s statement read.

Zach Hiner, executive director of the survivors’ group, said the accused lists serve as a public acknowledgment that helps abuse survivors heal, and because many of those accused of abuse in the church are in able to avoid being publicly named in criminal charges or sex offender registries due to statutes of limitations.

“Due to the church’s history and organized cover-ups, survivors often have no way to get their abuser’s name out into the public sphere, leaving others at risk,” Hiner said. “For 20 years now, dioceses have released these lists in recognition of their responsibility to warn the public about abusers they have hired, trained and ordained.”

Representatives of the group said they conducted extensive research to identify the 312 men on their list, using information from news reports, civil suits, criminal proceedings and the church. In addition to naming the accused, the group also wants the Archdiocese to include a work history and photos of the accused and details of when each allegation was reported to the church and what action it took. took in response.

The group said it expects the list of defendants to grow.

“Other names are definitely coming,” he says in the letter. “There’s a lot to be done to set the stage for these yet-unknown survivors, and these yet-unknown perpetrators.”

The archdiocese said it takes all accusations seriously and is investigating each one. Any priest under investigation is prohibited by church rules from participating in any ministry work.

Michael Cabanatuan (he/him) is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ctuan

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