RICHMOND, Va. – The Latest on Catholic dioceses in Virginia releasing lists of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against them (all times local):
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington has released a list of 16 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.
In a letter released with the list Wednesday, Bishop Michael Burbidge apologized to victims and said he hopes publishing the list may help them "find further healing and consolation."
Earlier Wednesday, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond published a list of 42 priests with a "credible and substantiated allegation of sexual abuse against a child.
The two dioceses cover the state of Virginia.
Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond has published a list of 42 priests with a "credible and substantiated" allegation of sexual abuse against a child.
The list published Wednesday covers allegations dating from the 1950s to 1993. It comes five months after Bishop Barry Knestout pledged to conduct an independent investigation to review church personnel files.
In a letter, Knestout apologized to victims and said he hopes publication of the list "can help bring about healing."
The move comes as dioceses around the country have taken action since a grand jury report released in August alleged that more than 300 priests abused at least 1,000 children over seven decades in Pennsylvania.