2019-05-21 by W.M.
They Hoped the Catholic Church Would Reveal Their Abusers. They Are Still Waiting.
David Gibson, the director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University, said the process to identify the priests, both dead and alive, was a fraught one. Most were never convicted, much less charged with a crime. The threshold for being included on the lists was being the subject of abuse claims that were deemed credible after an investigation by the church. “There are still real moral, ethical and legal considerations,” he said.
“The good news is they’re doing it, finally,” Mr. Gibson added.
The disclosures, which have centered on decades-old allegations and largely named dead priests, have nonetheless unleashed a fresh wave of attention that has amplified the sense of scandal surrounding the church. In other dioceses, bishops have struck a conciliatory tone, describing the releases as a gesture meant to help victims heal and mollify an unsettled flock.
But in Rockville Centre, a diocese covering Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the bishop, the Most Rev. John O. Barres, has concerns about making a disclosure. “The diocese believes that while the investigations of claims and allegations are ongoing, it is premature to release a list of accused clergy,” Mr. Dolan, his spokesman, said. (Last year, officials overseeing the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program said it had offered settlements in more than 200 abuse claims.
Ms. Cleary Klinger, who is the local leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, had little optimism that the diocese would alter its course. “If we get a list, we’ll be lucky,” she said.
Even so, she and other abuse survivors press on.
Donald H. Nohs, who said he was abused by a priest from a religious order when he was around 13 years old, still has strong ties to the Catholic Church. He is an expert on the Shroud of Turin, a piece of linen cloth that some believe depicts an image of Jesus Christ, and the president of the Society of the Holy Face of Jesus. His brother is a priest in the Rockville Centre diocese.