Bishop Kevin Rhoades to release list of credible abusers

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Rev. Kevin Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese, will release the official publication of names of priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a child at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 18.

After that time, the list will be available on the diocesan website, www.diocesefwsb.org, and through diocesan media channels.

Bishop Rhoades announced last month that he would compile and release the names in response to a grand jury’s findings that more than 300 predator priests had abused more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

Rhoades was the bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 2004 to 2009 and reported two such priests to police. He called the grand jury report ‘s findings “equally appalling and heartbreaking.”

Rhoades says he’ll release the names of every priest removed from the ministry in his current diocese “as a result of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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