ORANGE, Calif. – Dozens extra Catholic monks who served in Southern California have been accused of sexually abusing youngsters, in response to two stories issued Thursday.
Advocates for survivors of kid intercourse abuse compiled an inventory of 72 monks they are saying served within the Diocese of Orange and have been accused of abuse. That is many greater than the 14 such clerics listed by the diocese in 2016.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Thursday up to date its tally of accused monks for the primary time in a decade, including 54 extra for a complete of 323 clerics accused in such incidents.
The strikes come as advocates demand extra transparency and push to carry church officers accountable for baby intercourse abuse instances in counties in California and elsewhere — even when the incidents are too outdated to deliver legal fees or to sue.
Mike Reck, an legal professional for Jeff Anderson & Associates, stated the regulation agency compiled its listing utilizing publicly accessible info together with legal instances, lawsuits and press statements. He stated the agency would not know the whereabouts of almost half of those monks, who might or might not nonetheless be alive.
“We implore the diocese to do higher and to do extra, as a result of the survivors deserve extra and deserve higher,” Reck instructed reporters.
The Diocese of Orange stated in a press release that the agency was making an attempt to re-litigate outdated claims and the church takes any accusations of abuse “terribly critically.” The diocese issued a report in 2016 saying 14 clergy accused of abuse have been faraway from ministry.
“Information are being examined and as applicable the diocese will replace the listing as warranted,” the assertion stated.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles covers the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Many of the monks added to its listing have been accused in incidents that date again greater than a decade; three are accused of incidents occurring since then, stated Adrian Marquez Alarcon, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese.
Most of the monks are actually useless, and among the alleged incidents occurred within the 1950s and 1960s. Some clerics got here to the Los Angeles space from different international locations together with Mexico and the Philippines and later left.
This story corrects the whole variety of monks accused of intercourse abuse within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to 323.