Richmond Diocese Names 42 Catholic Priests in VA Accused of Sex Abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has released the names of more than two dozen priests that are facing "credible and substantiated" allegations of sexual abuse against a minor.

"To the victims and to all affected by the pain of sexual abuse, our response will always be about what we are doing, not simply what we have done," the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond, said in an open letter published with the clergy list. "We will seek not just to be healed but will always be seeking healing. We will seek not just to be reconciled but will always be seeking reconciliation."

The first incident of child sex abuse was reported to the Diocese in the 1950s, according to a spokesperson, with the most recent in 1993.

Visit ABC-13 WSET for more on this story and a list of the names of the 42 priests.


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