The Diocese of Sioux City has officially released a list of priests that they say have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.
On Monday, the Diocese released the list of 28 priests dating back from 1948 and most recently from 1995.
The diocese said that the list is to “assure victims the diocese believes them and cares for them.” They go on to say they wish to show that they are open, accountable, and can be trusted.
“On behalf of the Church, I am profoundly sorry and apologize to each victim. I am grateful for the courage each victim has demonstrated by coming forward and I am committed to helping each of them heal,” Bishop Nickless said. “Publishing this list is the beginning of a new chapter in the history of our diocese. We want it to usher in a climate of openness and transparency, resulting in the protection of our youth and accountability for clergy and church leaders.”
A review board went through priests files from 1902 and on as they reviewed credible accusation. They received available information, including testimony, witnesses, the accuracy of details, and physical evidence if possible.
The list originally contained 29 names, however, the diocese was notified that one of the priests has appealed to Rome. His information is being withheld pending a resolution. Of the 28 listed, 22 of the named priests are deceased, five live out of state, and one individual who left the priesthood lives in Iowa. A total of 515 priests have served in the Diocese of Sioux City since its inception in 1902.
The diocese would like to remind people that while the accusations are considered credible, they are not convictions. additionally, many of the accused priests are deceased.
The diocese asks that any victims step forward and to contact their Victim Assistance Coordinator at 8-66-435-4397 or 712-279-5610.
Below is the full list:
KCAU 9 will have more on how this affects Siouxlander and what this means going forward tonight at 5 and 6.