Statement from Jeff Anderson on Archdiocese of New York’s Release of 120 Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

(New York, NY) – The release of some names by Cardinal Timothy Dolan today, under pressure, is some progress and a step in the right direction, but clearly falls short of the necessary transparency. The release of only 120 names is a simple peek behind the clerical curtain that Dolan hides and hides offenders.

We are very skeptical that only 120 names are being released in an Archdiocese of this size. Our history and knowledge of the practices in the Archdiocese of New York lead us to believe the number of names is twice to three times the size of the list of names released today. We consider this progress, but also an urgent reminder of how much work still needs to be done and how much more pressure has to be applied on the Archdiocese of New York to come clean and be fully transparent, not partially transparent.