Boston list of abusive priests incomplete?

Aug. 26, 2011 at 10:45 PM

BOSTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Critics say a list of Catholic priests involved in sexual abuse allegations released by Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston has some gaping holes.

But O'Malley, who had the list of 159 priests posted on the archdiocese's Web site Thursday, said most of the 91 priests he left off the list died before they were accused of misconduct, The Boston Globe reported. He also said he did not list the names of priests not under the archdiocese's authority, including members of religious orders and priests from other archdioceses.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley called on O'Malley to expand the list.

"While yesterday was an important first step, we urge the leaders of the archdiocese to complete this effort toward transparency and publicly disclose the names of those accused from other orders and those who were already laicized," she said.

A Boston Globe article in 2003 showed that Cardinal Bernard Law, O'Malley's predecessor as archbishop of Boston, allowed priests to remain in the ministry after being accused of abuse.

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