Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend blows whistle
A Top Bishop has vowed to release the name of every single name listed in the grand jury report which accuses over 300 pedophile priests of sex abuse.
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend announced he will collect and release the list of the names of priests in the explosive diocese.
Rhoades said that when he saw the details of the grand jury report he found it “…appalling and heartbreaking.”
He went on the express sympathy for the child victims, adding “The Church failed you. For that, I apologize.”
Meanwhile, Pope Francis and the Vatican have still yet to respond the report.
According to CruxNow: He emphasized that during his tenure as bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend he has released the name of every priest removed from ministry as a result of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.
He said he has learned, as a result of the grand jury, that it is also important to victims to see the names of their abusers made public “for all to see. For everyone to know the pain caused by these priests.”
“It is my hope,” he said, “that by releasing these names, the innocent victims of these horrific and heartbreaking crimes can finally begin the process of healing.”
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The list will be compiled beginning immediately. In closing, Rhoades reiterated the diocese’s efforts to regain the trust of those it serves, and indicated a renewed vigilance regarding its efforts to protect young people.
The grand jury report on the six Pennsylvania dioceses included Harrisburg where he was bishop from 2004 to 2009.
He said in an earlier statement that the report “mentions two incidents during my time as bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg.”
“In both of those situations,” he added, “I followed all child protection policies and procedures, notified law enforcement, and took other action as appropriate, since each of the accused priests had already been removed from public ministry due to previous allegations.”