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Victims Groups Urge Archdiocese To Release List Of Accused Priests

The Archdiocese of Boston says it has made substantial progress compiling information about priests accused of abuse.

The statement comes after abuse victims groups protested in front of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Thursday, claiming the archdiocese is dragging its feet in releasing a list of accused priests.

The archdiocese says it is evaluating several issues surrounding the release of information about deceased priests and the due process rights of those who are accused, though not convicted.

Victims advocates say the archdiocese promised to release this list two years ago. Many advocates, like James Sullivan of Duxbury, protested the delay Thursday.

"By not releasing this information they are again complicit in potential abuse of children," Sullivan said.

Sullivan and other advocates are also asking the archdiocese to include clergy from religious orders on the list.

This program aired on August 5, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Deborah Becker Twitter Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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