The Archdiocese of Omaha has released documents of substantiated allegations of sexual abuse by clergy since 1978.
After an investigation into allegations, the Archdiocese of Omaha learned that since 1978, 38 members of the clergy, including 24 diocesan and priests, had substantial allegations of sexual abuse against them.
Earlier this year, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson asked the Nebraska dioceses to turn over personnel files containing allegations of criminal sexual misconduct. This was in response to the disclosure of abuse by the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.
Archbishop of Omaha, Most Rev. George J. Lucas said they have completed and turned in their information.
Lucas apologized on behalf of the Diocese and said he hopes that victims can experience healing.
“We cannot change the sins and the betrayals of the past, but we acknowledge the ugly truths of the past so that we can repent and so that we can be resolute in our determination that these things will not be repeated,” said Lucas.
Lucas also said that no member of the clergy on the list remains in service.
“While we note that 38 members of the clergy have been guilty of the abuse of minors in the past, it’s important to note that some of them are deceased and none of them are currently serving in the ministry in the Archdiocese of Omaha. It’s important for me to state clearly, there is no member of the clergy currently serving who has been guilty of one substantiated instance of the abuse of a minor.”
For the full list of substantiated claims go to their website: