BOSTON (AP) -- A published report says the Boston Archdiocese's
roster of 159 clerics publicly accused of abusing minors is missing
70 people because of the church's selective method of compiling it.
The Boston Globe reports the roster released last August is limited to priests originally from the Boston Archdiocese. That excludes many who are in religious orders, or who are supervised by other jurisdictions even though their alleged and proven misdeeds
occurred in Massachusetts. Some of the names omitted include
priests convicted and imprisoned for their crimes.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley said in a letter accompanying the roster that it was proper to omit the names because the Boston Archdiocese does not supervise them or determine their outcomes. The founder of
BishopAccountability.org, which maintains records of accused clergy
and advocates for victims, called the omissions "heartbreaking."
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