The Catholic Commentator  

The Diocese of Baton Rouge will join several other dioceses in the state of Louisiana and release names of clergy members credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.  

In a  statement released Oct. 16, the Diocese of Baton Rouge, which was formed in 1961, “will release the names of  priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.   

“This is of the highest priority to us.  We’re working on a process to research our files so that when we do publish the list it will be accurate and complete. Part of this process is to establish a timeline for the release of the list. As Bishop (Michael G.) Duca said recently, we want to be ‘attentive to the issues of justice and show concern for victims in a way that is transparent, credible, honest and caring.’ ”  

The statement came on the same day Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans said he will release the names of those clergy members “credibly accused” of abusing minors.   

The dioceses of Lafayette, Alexandria, Houma-Thibodaux and Shreveport have also released statements they will reveal the names of priests who were credibly accused of abusing minors.   

In a prepared statement, Archbishop Aymond said the clergy files are being “examined very carefully” and review of those files will go back at least 50 years to “ensure the list is accurate and complete. We will publish the list as soon as the work is finished. It will be sooner rather than later.”​