NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York’s archbishop has named clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing children in the priest abuse scandal surrounding the Catholic Church.
In a letter released Friday, Timothy Cardinal Dolan said “I write today as someone who himself realizes the shame that has come upon our church due to the sexual abuse of minors.”READ MORE: Report: Feds May Allow Americans To Get Different COVID Booster Than Vaccine They First Received
He said he’s heard from many survivors and published names of clergy who were the subject of a claim made to the archdiocese’s independent reconciliation and compensation program.
“Please be assured there is not a single priest or deacon of the archdiocese of New York against whom there has been a credible and substantiated claim of abuse against a minor currently in ministry,” he said.READ MORE: In Wake Of Hit-And-Run That Killed Deaf Father In Brooklyn, Questions Raised About Delays To Vision Zero Improvements On Atlantic Avenue
In the letter he also urges victims to come forward.
A church sex abuse scandal has sent shockwaves through the Catholic Church after a grand jury report last year found over a thousand children were abused over seven decades by hundreds of “predator priests.”
The allegations are from several dioceses Pennsylvania, but they’ve reverberated around the country.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2 10/19 Tuesday Morning Weather Headlines
The resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after a panel substantiated abuse allegations against him. He was formerly the archbishop of Washington D.C. and Newark, and was also once a secretary to Terence Cardinal Cook in New York.