UNIONDALE, Long Island, N.Y. — The Rockville Centre Diocese continues to refuse to disclose a list of former priests who allegedly sexually assaulted children. Newsday reported that Rockville Centre Diocese has possession of the list of priests and there may be as many as 65 names on that list. A spokesperson for the diocese responded to the allegations by stating that the Rockville Centre Diocese will release the list of alleged sexual offenders among the clergy but only after the diocese completes its own Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. The program will end later in 2019. Under this program, potential victims of sexual assault can receive a monetary settlement in exchange for an agreement not to sue the diocese.
A news conference held recently called attention to the Rockville Centre Diocese’s reluctance to disclose the compilation of names of clergy members against whom victims made credible allegations. The diocese says that it turned over all of the names to local law enforcement to aid in possible criminal investigations. While potential victims say that the diocese’s repeated refusal to disclose the list is yet another instance of trying to cover up the heinous crimes allegedly committed by perverse priests and other clergy members, the diocese maintains that it is not trying to evade public scrutiny.
Many Catholic dioceses across the country have accumulated lists of accused pedophile priests in the aftermath of a Pennsylvania grand jury that convened in the fall of 2018. In the state of New York in which there are eight Catholic dioceses and one Jesuit province, seven dioceses in addition to the Jesuit group have disclosed their lists of clergy members. The sole holdout is the Rockville Centre Diocese.
Potential victims may be able to participate in the Rockville Centre Diocese’s settlement program before the program wraps up in the latter part of 2019.
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