Giving Due Process Its Due
Since 2002, about seventy dioceses in the United States have published the names of priests credibly accused of abusing minors. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is looking into developing national guidelines for releasing names of clerics facing “substantiated claims of abuse.”
Releasing the names of credibly accused priests may seem like a no-brainer, especially in current circumstances and given the current deficit of trust in the bishops’ handling of the crisis, but things aren’t quite as straightforward as they first appear.
Perhaps this biggest confusion arises from the term “credibly accused.” What constitutes a “credible accusation” is far from clear. At