Accountability

“We must make clear that we will not tolerate criminal and evil behavior, regardless of the rank and standing of the accused.” — Archbishop William E. Lori

Repentance, Reform and Renewal

The release of findings by the Grand Jury regarding sexual abuse by clergy in Pennsylvania and recent revelations about alleged abusive behavior by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington “are rightly a cause for anger, disillusion and pain among many in our Church,” Archbishop William E. Lori said.

“These feelings toward the Church must be met with more than prayers and promises,” he said. “They must also be met with action by any and all with responsibility for ensuring the safety of children and others in our care.”

The archbishop said it is “clear that any such efforts must include lay involvement, for no longer can we expect the faithful to entrust this to Church leaders alone.”

“Try as we have,” he said, “recent revelations have not only proven that there is more work to be done, but also have resulted in the loss of the precious trust of many of those we are called to serve.”

Click here for an official statement on the release of the Grand Jury report. Click here for Archbishop Lori’s response to allegations of abuse against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to download a fact sheet about frequently asked questions concerning the abuse crisis and the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s response.

Click here to download an information graphic about the abuse crisis.

Catholic Baltimore Radio Interviews

Archbishop Lori speaks about accountability during the following Aug. 12, 2018 radio interview:

Jerri Burkhardt, director of the archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection, speaks about the charter for the protection of children in this Sept. 24, 2017 radio interview:

News & Commentary

Child and Youth Protection

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Path for reform goes through Rome

Rome does indeed move slowly, but the U.S. bishops, who are clearly feeling the pressure from their people, are committed to applying pressure of their own.
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Archbishop Lori reflects on completed bishops’ meeting

Archbishop Lori offered his reflections on the recently completed bishops meeting in Baltimore.
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Six sex abuse survivors announce lawsuit against U.S. bishops

As the U.S. bishops entered the last public part of their 2018 fall general assembly, centered largely on the clergy sex abuse crisis, six clergy sex abuse survivors announced Nov....
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CLERGY CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF ABUSE

In September 2002, the Archdiocese of Baltimore published a list of 57 priests and religious brothers who had served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and who had been accused in their lifetime of child sexual abuse. The disclosure did not include priests and brothers who were accused after their deaths, nor did it include a few instances where an investigation concluded that the facts did not indicate sexual abuse had occurred.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore also released names of clergy accused after 2002 of child sexual abuse during their lifetimes and the names of those priests disclosed in a Grand Jury Report released by the Pennsylvania Attorney General in August 2018, who who either had an assignment in Maryland or were accused of engaging in sexual abuse of minors in Maryland.

All allegations of child sexual abuse are reported to authorities and to the Archdiocese’s Independent Child Abuse Review Board.

Click here or the button below to read full lists of all names that have been released.

2002 Catholic Review report on abuse

Click here to read a special section of the Catholic Review published in 2002 that includes information about the decision to release names of those accused of abuse, descriptions of the alleged abuse and the names of those who had credible allegations of abuse against them. 

 

REPORTING ABUSE

The Archdiocese of Baltimore complies with Maryland laws requiring reporting suspected child abuse to civil authorities.  Under Maryland Law any person who has reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse must report the suspected abuse to civil authorities, even if the potential victim is now over 18 years old and even in cases where the alleged perpetrator is deceased. 

If someone associated with the Church, including clergy, employees, or volunteers of the  Archdiocese of Baltimore, is suspected of  abuse, then the suspected abuse must also be reported to  the Archdiocesan, Office of Child and Youth at 410-547-5438 or the Victims Assistance Line at  1-866-417-7469.

For more information, click here

A Response to the Netflix Series, "The Keepers"

Promise to Protect and Promote Healing

Click here to watch video interviews with key figures and access fact sheets, statements, news articles and other resources.

OFFICIAL STATEMENTS

News Coverage

Nov. 20, 2018 | WYPR: Archbishop Lori’s interview on the “Midday” radio program

Nov. 16, 2018 | Catholic Review: Archbishop Lori reflects on completed bishops’ meeting

Nov. 16, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Path for reform goes through Rome

Nov. 16, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Bishops hear frank presentations, discussion on abuse crisis

Nov. 15, 2018 | Washington Post: Here’s why the Vatican stopped American bishops from voting on responses to sexual abuse

Nov. 14, 2018 | Catholic Review: Bishop Parker joins Facebook Live panel discussion at meeting of U.S. bishops

Nov. 14, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Psychologist addresses bishops on helping abuse victims to heal

Nov. 13, 2018 | Catholic Review: Archbishop Lori addresses Baltimore media at bishops’ meeting

Nov. 13, 2018 | Baltimore Sun: Some Catholic bishops urge conference to reach consensus on sex abuse crisis in American church

Nov. 9, 2018 | Baltimore Sun: Baltimore archbishop outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church

Nov. 9, 2018 | WBAL-TV: Archbishop Lori addresses church sex abuse scandal

Nov. 13, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Cesareo fears for church future if more action not taken on abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Survivors of clergy child sex abuse tell U.S. bishops of rejection, pain

Nov. 12, 2018 | Catholic Review: Protesters call for change outside bishops’ conference in Baltimore

Nov. 12, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Papal nuncio urges U.S. bishops to restore trust, bring about reform

Nov. 12, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

Nov. 9, 2018 | Catholic Review: Pilgrims set out on 50-mile walk in penance, prayer from Emmitsburg to Baltimore

Nov. 9, 2018 | WBAL-Radio: Archbishop Lori Addresses Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Oct. 30, 2018 | Catholic Review: Archbishop Lori: During Baltimore meeting, U.S. bishops will work to restore trust

Oct. 29, 2018 | Catholic Review: Archdiocese tightens screening requirements to enhance child protection

Oct. 25, 2028 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: W.Va. diocese to release names of accused clerics as it reviews abuse cases since 1950

Oct. 15, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Archbishop Lori: Catholics living out their God-given vocations will help church heal

Sept. 17, 2018 | Catholic News Service: Archbishop Lori with West Virginia’s faithful on ‘journey of healing, reconciliation and a hopeful future’

 

 

 

Videos

Message to the Faithful

In the wake of the recent meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, Archbishop William E. Lori delivered the following special message via video and audio in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore Nov. 17-18. (Nov. 17-18, 2018)

Day of Reparation

Archbishop William E. Lori discusses the Sept. 7 Day of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (Aug. 29, 2018)

Message from Archbishop Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori discusses the Church’s response to the ongoing sexual abuse crisis. (Aug. 29, 2018)

A Reflection by Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori discusses clergy child sexual abuse and accountability. (Aug. 14, 2018)

RESOURCES

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to download a fact sheet about frequently asked questions concerning the abuse crisis and the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s response.

Click here to download an information graphic about the abuse crisis.

Office of Child and Youth Protection

Click here to visit the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Office of Youth and Child Protection, which provides information about safe environment training, archdiocesan policies related to the protection of children and the reporting of abuse, the Charter for the Protection of Young People and much more.

Stay connected with our activities throughout the Archdiocese