October 26, 2020

List of Mississippi priests accused of sexual abuse to be released

A list of Mississippi Catholic priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse is scheduled to be publicly released Tuesday in the church’s effort for full disclosure.

Parishioners across Mississippi were given a letter from Bishop Joseph Kopacz, The Clarion Ledger reported. In the letter Kopacz wrote that the release of the list would cause pain to some people and communities.

Kopacz wrote that while he regretted the pain the release of the names is likely to cause, he acknowledged sexual abuse against children and vulnerable adults was “especially egregious.”

Tuesday’s expected release follows a number of similar lists released by Catholic dioceses across the country.

The Biloxi diocese released its list in late January.