Diocese of Manchester Publishes Names of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse of A Minor
New Child Safety Resources Include Names of Priests
Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Since 1950;
All but Two Previously Published
(MANCHESTER, NH) – The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, announced today the launch of a new section on the diocesan website to provide further transparency to the Diocese of Manchester’s ongoing commitment to protecting minors. The new site, www.catholicnh.org/restoringtrust, contains resources for victim-survivors, families, and those who wish to report abuse, and includes the names of priests who have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor since 1950.
Bishop Libasci said, “I am publishing names that have already been made public on some level and including two names more-recently reported and investigated of abuse that occurred more than forty-five years ago. This is meant as an act of ownership and accountability. It is my hope that by making this information available, we are holding ourselves accountable to the evils of the past, and offering timely assistance, support and resources to those individuals and families who have been affected by the sexual abuse of a minor.”
Acknowledging that the decision to release the names of accused priests may resurface painful memories for many, Bishop Libasci added, “On behalf of my predecessors and the Church in New Hampshire, I am sorry. I seek your forgiveness for the grave sins of abuse and betrayal of trust that representatives of the Church committed. Each and every day, I pray that victim-survivors find healing. I also fervently pray that we never allow such darkness to enter our Church again. With these new efforts, I hope to continue on a path to restoring your trust.”
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If you or anyone you know has been abused by someone representing the Catholic Church, we encourage you to contact law enforcement. For information about how to report abuse, harassment, or exploitation in the Church, to request counseling assistance and other services of the Office for Healing and Pastoral Care, or to learn more about how the Diocese of Manchester works to create a safe environment in all of our ministries, visit www.catholicnh.org/safety.
The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of nearly 235,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.