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Owensboro Bishop Hears Faithful's Concerns

Isaiah Seibert

Sadness and anger. That’s what the Bishop of Owensboro said he heard from local Catholics as he traveled the diocese to hear their thoughts about the Church’s response to the sex abuse scandal. 

Bishop William Medley said the laity wants more transparency and accountability from the church.  

He added that some Catholics think their bishops are held to a different standard than their priests.

The concern stems in part from a Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August. The report found that more than three-hundred priests in the state sexually abused children while higher-ups helped cover up the abuse. 

Bishop Medley said he supports the creation of a review panel to investigate complaints against bishops. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss the idea next week at a meeting in Baltimore.

Bishop Medley said he will consider releasing the names of priests from the Diocese of Owensboro who’ve been accused of abuse.

Last month, the diocese said it has received allegations against 27 priests since 1937. The bishop says some of those priests have been cleared.

He says he’s consulting with former members of the Diocesan Review Board about which names to publish.

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