The Latest: Archdiocese: 54 more clerics accused of abuse
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on child sex abuse accusations in the Catholic church (all times local):
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has provided an updated report on priests accused of sexually abusing children, adding another 54 to its tally.
The report issued Thursday brings the total number of priests accused in the archdiocese to 323.
Archdiocese spokeswoman Adrian Marquez Alarcon says the last time such an update was provided was in 2008.
She says most of the priests added to the list were accused in the last decade of incidents dating back further, but three clerics face allegations of incidents since 2008.
Advocates for survivors of child sex abuse say they have compiled a list of 72 priests who served in the Southern California Diocese of Orange and who are accused of abusing kids.
Lawyer Mike Reck on Thursday said that’s many more than those reported by the Diocese and demanded greater transparency.
He says the list was compiled with publicly available information including criminal cases, lawsuits and press statements.
Advocates have issued similar reports in other jurisdictions in a push to hold church officials accountable for child sex abuse cases.
The Diocese of Orange says the lawyers are trying to re-litigate old claims and that the church takes any accusations of abuse “extraordinarily seriously.”
Diocese officials issued a report in 2016 saying 14 clergy accused of abuse were removed from ministry.