Documenting the Abuse Crisis Within the Roman Catholic Church
It is a matter of public record that U.S. bishops have knowingly transferred thousands of abusive priests into unsuspecting parishes and dioceses, placing fear of “scandal” ahead of the welfare of children. The bishops themselves have apologized for what they call their “mistake,” but they say nothing about the crucial actions that constitute accountability.
For true “bishop accountability” to occur, two things must happen: 1) there must be a full “account” of the bishops’ responsibility for the sexual abuse crisis, both individually and collectively, and 2) bishops who have caused the abuse of children and vulnerable adults must be “held accountable.”…
BishopAccountability.org has begun a project to provide research materials for the study of every U.S. diocese of the Roman Catholic church, with a special emphasis on the managerial aspects of the sexual abuse crisis. Our earlier work on some dioceses—for example, the Los Angeles archdiocese—will be deepened and brought up to date. Materials for many other dioceses will be added to make this part of our Web site truly comprehensive.
Below we provide links to the diocesan resources that we have developed so far. In June 2006 we will bring our Los Angeles archive up to date. By the end of 2006, we will have posted information on all the U.S. dioceses.
On this page we also provide the U.S. dioceses’ own accounts of the abuse situation in their bishops’ jurisdictions. This information was originally released in early 2003, but has never before been gathered together for study. Our presentation of these “diocesan John Jay reports” demonstrates how convenient it will be to have extensive information on every diocese within easy reach.