Groups Say Diocese Should Name Priests Accused of Abuse

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Activists are demanding that the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Manchester release the names of all New Hampshire priests accused of child sex abuse during the last five
years.

About a dozen volunteers gathered outside the diocese headquarters, urging the diocese to disclose the names of all accused priests, even if they haven't been charged.

A diocese spokesman said it reports every new allegation to the
authorities, but naming priests before they're charged would
violate internal policy.

In a press conference last month, New Hampshire Attorney General
Kelly Ayotte said the diocese has improved its safeguards for children but still has work to do.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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