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

Responding to the abuse crisis

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

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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

Videos

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.

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