Indiana diocese releases names of 18 accused ex-clergy

The Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has released the names of 17 former priests and one former deacon who have been credibly accused of sexual abusing minors.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades of on Tuesday released the names of the 18 men and the places where they served, dating back to 1922.

Eight of the men are now dead. The 10 others have been removed from the ministry and two of them are incarcerated.

The diocese said the list may be updated as additional information is received.

Rhoades announced in August that he would compile and release the priests' names in response to a grand jury's findings that more than 300 predator priests had abused more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

The Indianapolis Catholic archbishop said in August he plans to publicly release the names of all the priests in his diocese who’ve faced substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse.

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