San Francisco, Calif., Oct 24, 2018 / 23:00 pm
A Minnesota-based law firm released a report Tuesday compiling the names of over 200 priests from the San Francisco Bay area it says have been publicly accused of sexual abuse. At least one California diocese has questioned the sources for the list.
The law firm, Jeff Anderson & Associates, filed a lawsuit Oct. 1 against all of California's dioceses, along with as the California Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of Chicago, alleging a sexual abuse cover-up.
The Oct. 23 report lists the names and parish assignments of 212 priests from the San Francisco Bay area. The report says it is an effort to compile "information already available to the public from various sources in the public media," and to raise awareness of the issue of clerical sexual abuse.
"The vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil court," the report reads.