Catholic Dioceses of Texas Release Lists of Alleged Abusers

Catholic leaders in Texas identified about 300 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, but survivors of abuse say it's not enough.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston listed 42 priests dating back more than 50 years.

"For those who are wounded, this is a day they can say I’m not alone,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.“It is a day when the healing of the church we hope can begin, even though the day itself for many of us is indeed painful.”

But Michael Norris with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says the numbers are way too low, meaning the church continues to cover up abuse.

“When an accuser comes forward, you remove that priest from the ministry immediately, you get them away from children until the investigation is done and you determine whether it’s truth or not.That’s not what this diocese is doing,” said Norris.

“We’re dealing with 70 years,” says DiNardo.“There has been a growth with how we have handled victims of abuse, where there have been struggles along the way, we can admit that.”

The Church says it hopes releasing the list of priests encourages other survivors of abuse to come forward.

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