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Seattle archdiocese lists 77 priests, religious accused of abuse

January 18, 2016

The Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington, has released a list of 77 priests and religious who have been accused of sexual abuse of young people. 

The list included clerics and religious who had lived or served in the region over the past several decades. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said that the full list was being made public "in the interest of further transparency and accountability." He apologized for the damage done to young people, and encouraged other victims to come forward. 


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jan. 19, 2016 9:51 AM ET USA

    It looks like that headline from OregonLive should include the word "alleged".

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Jan. 18, 2016 6:21 PM ET USA

    The leaders of that Archdiocese have surely been a provocative group. Wonder if they're on the list.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jan. 18, 2016 5:23 PM ET USA

    Does accused mean guilty in the case of clerics/religious? Are any of them deceased? How do the deceased defend themselves? What about the 8th Commandment? Does not divine law trump everything? Is not the 8th Commandment potentially being violated here in an indiscriminate "document dump" marked accused in the name of transparency? Do priests/religious have rights? Are other religious institutions required to do this, for example, or the public schools, Scouts etc?