Jewish Journal


June 18, 2011

Phoenix diocese to publish online list of pedophile priests


It’s about time the entire U.S. Roman Catholic Church use a little digital media to protect its parishioners. For now, the Diocese of Phoenix is joining those that have taken the step.

The Arizona Republic reports:

The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix says it will publish a comprehensive list identifying abusive clergy as part of its newly revised website.

Diocese spokesman Rob DeFrancesco said the transition to the new website, diocesephoenix .org, will include a determination of the best format for such a list.

The new site debuted a few weeks ago, but not all the pages have been reformatted. News of publication of the list comes as Catholic bishops gather this week in Seattle to consider revisions to their abuse policies.

When the diocese completes the work and actually puts the list online, it will become one of just 25 dioceses to provide the information, said David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. There are 195 dioceses in the United States.

Hat tip: Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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