LAREDO,Texas(KGNS)- The Diocese of Laredo has decided to join all fifteen Catholic Dioceses in Texas to release the names of the priests accused of sexual assault.
An effort the Catholic Church hopes will begin the healing process and for any victims to come forward.
There are an estimated 8-point-5 million Catholics and over 1,300 Catholic parishes in the state of Texas.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, 134 clergy members in Texas have been publicly accused, out of 4,600 priests accused nationally.
The Catholic Church has already identified a number of priests and hopes this will encourage more victims to come forward and prevent these cases like these from happening in the future.
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The Diocese of Laredo is joining all Texas Dioceses in a plan to release names of those accused of sexual abuse of minors.
The office of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops released a statement earlier on behalf of the 15 ordinaries of the state.
A few weeks ago, bishops of Texas met and decided to release names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.
Laredo's bishop in a statement says that he is not aware of any credible allegations of abuse of a minor by a clergy in the Diocese of Laredo at this time, but they are reviewing files.
They are asking anyone who is a victim of child sexual abuse by a member of the clergy to report it to local law enforcement authorities and to the Victim Assistance Coordinator of the Diocese of Laredo Mr. Romeo Rodriguez at 764-7825.