25 Jesuit Priests With New England Ties Named as Potential Sexual Abusers of Minors - NECN

25 Jesuit Priests With New England Ties Named as Potential Sexual Abusers of Minors



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    The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

    Half of the names on the list spent at least some time at schools in New England, including Boston College High in Massachusetts, Cheverus High in Maine and Fairfield Prep in Connecticut.

    Click here to view the full list.

    All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released Tuesday by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus are dead, and all of the alleged abuse all took place before 1997. Every priest included on the list has one or more credible allegations of abuse of a minor.

    Two former priests are incarcerated, one for possession of child pornography and one for abuse charges. Many have not been found guilty of a crime or liable for any civil claim.

    "At the heart of this crisis is the painful, sinful and illegal harm done to children by those whom they should have been able to trust. We did not know any best practices to handle these violations many decades ago and regrettably made mistakes along the way," the Rev. John J. Cecero, the leader of the Northeast Jesuit province, said in a letter accompanying the list. "Any case of abuse is shocking and a profound failure."

    The province covers New England, New York and northern New Jersey.

    The Jesuit provinces in the other four regions of the United States have previously released their lists of priests who have credibly been accused of abusing minors.

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