Nearly 1,700 priests who have been credibly accused of child sex abuse have continued to teach, minister, work, and live in close proximity to children, with no supervision or oversight, according to an Associated Press investigation.
The revelation comes as Catholic dioceses around the country have begun sharing the names of priests credibly accused of abuse and sexual misconduct. Thousands of priests’ names have been published in connection with allegations of wrongdoing ranging from the inappropriate to the criminal.
Dozens have committed crimes since leaving the church, including sexual assault and child pornography.
Most of the accused priests never faced criminal prosecution, the AP said. Some of them have acted as foster parents to children.