N.J. and Va. dioceses release names of 246 clergy accused of abuse
Catholic dioceses in New Jersey and Virginia on Wednesday separately released the names of a total of 246 clergy whom officials said have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.
The big picture: The disclosures are the latest by a growing number of U.S. dioceses that have admitted to covering up child sex abuse allegations, amid a still-growing crisis that has jeopardized the Catholic Church's credibility. Officials noted that many of the clergy members are dead or have been removed from ministry.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said in a statement that the lists do not include allegations that church officials have not deemed "credible": "We have seen previous cases where accusations have been deemed not credible only for those determinations to have been disastrously wrong."