Sins of Omission

How the Catholic Church Shielded Credibly Accused Priests

Since 2018, the majority of U.S. dioceses, as well as nearly two dozen religious orders, have released lists of abusers who served within their ranks. But the lists, compiled into a searchable database by ProPublica, revealed a web of incomplete and often inconsistent information. Our reporting also showed some priests continued to work abroad.


Credibly Accused

Over the last year and a half, U.S. dioceses and religious orders covering most of the Catholics in the country have released lists of what they regard as “credibly accused” abusers who have served in their ranks. You can search these lists in our interactive database.

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ProPublica’s reporting spanned several months and produced an original database containing each diocesan list as it was originally published online.

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