WALTHAM, Mass., June 18 (UPI) -- Catholic schools in the United States may have had the same pattern of abuse revealed by the Ryan Report in Ireland, a Massachusetts group says.
BishopAccountability.org, based in Waltham, posted a list on its Web site of 12 Roman Catholic schools where teachers or other staff members have already faced charges of molesting children, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.
The Ryan Report documented years of sexual and physical abuse of boys and girls in institutions run by the Christian Brothers, Sisters of Mercy and other Catholic religious orders. While most of the abuse occurred years ago, the report has sparked a call to end the church's dominant role in education.
"This was inspired by the Ireland report,'' said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org. "We realized that there has been no accounting here of the abuse of kids in minor seminaries, boarding schools, reform schools, and orphanages run by the church.''
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bishops "have been relentless in addressing sexual abuse."