The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has promised to release a list of all the priests who have been accused of sexual abuse.
Columbus is the third diocese in Ohio after Yougstown and Steubenville to make this move.
“The Diocese of Columbus understands that this is an important step to restore the confidence of our faithful in their Church and its clergy,” the diocese said in a statement provided to WOSU.
The list is expected to be made available in the next few months.
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“The Diocese of Columbus has procedures in place specifically designed to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests, with zero tolerance for any form of child abuse,” the diocese said the statement per WOSU. “All credible claims of child sexual abuse are immediately reported to law enforcement and/or children service agencies, and those active clergy against whom such claims have been made are immediately removed from ministry and church property pending a completion of the investigation.”
In the Columbus diocese, there are 106 parishes, 219 priests and a Catholic population of almost 300,000.
Ohio Bishops called for an investigation following reports of more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania allegedly molesting 1,000+ children.
The Columbus diocese said people who experienced sexual abuse by clergy or other church officials should contact law enforcement and the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator at 614-224-2251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.