Diocese of Oakland to release names of clergy accused of child sex abuse

OAKLAND (BCN) The Diocese of Oakland this fall plans to release the names of its clergy who are "credibly accused" of child sex abuse, the diocese announced Sunday.

"It's the right thing to do," said Bishop Michael Barber, head of the Oakland diocese, in a letter to parishioners. "We have nothing to hide."

In the letter, Barber said he anticipates the list will be ready for publication in about 45 days.

"This is the latest step in the ongoing commitment of the Diocese of Oakland to stop the scourge of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults," Barber said.

Last month, the San Jose Diocese made a similar announcement, and said it planned reforms in response to more revelations about priest sex abuse in Pennsylvania and around the world.

On Monday, the Diocese of San Bernardino County in Southern California listed 34 priests who were accused of sexually abusing children, including six who were convicted of criminal charges. 

A full text of Barber's letter is available at https://www.oakdiocese.org/news/diocese-of-oakland-to-release-names-of-credibly-accused-clergy

Associated Press contributed to this report 

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