Steubenville Diocese Names 17 Clergy Members Accused Of Abuse

Exterior of the Diocese of Steubenville building
The Catholic Diocese of Steubenville was formed in 1944 [Google Earth]

Clare Roth, WOSU

The Diocese of Steubenville has released the names of clergy members accused of sexual abuse, one day after the Youngstown diocese published a list of its own.

The Steubenville diocese on Wednesday named 16 priests and one seminarian who it says have been credibly accused or have admitted to sexually abusing minors. Most of the accusations are decades old, and date back to the diocese’s founding in 1944.

“It will help survivors of sexual abuse find the strength to come forward and these innocent victims can begin the process of healing,” said Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton in a press release. “I pledge to do everything possible to protect our youth.”

Steubenville is Ohio's smallest Catholic diocese, with about 34,000 members.

The diocese says it will also provide the names to prosecuting attorneys in counties where the abuse is alleged to have occurred.

On Tuesday, the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown released a list of more than 30 accused priests.

A spokesman for the Columbus Diocese says they are working on a list of names but do not have a release date at this time. 

The diocese of Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati all maintain updated lists of priests removed due to abuse allegations.

The disclosures follow a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that named 300 clergy members accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children. Bishops in Ohio, as well as both candidates for Ohio Attorney General, have called for a statewide investigation here.

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