Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of the Archdiocese of Austin will release the names of priests "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors dating back to 1950, joining the other 15 Catholic bishops in Texas that have decided to do the same.
Vásquez said he hopes releasing the list of abusers, set for release by Jan. 31, 2019, will rebuild public trust in the Catholic Church.
“My hope in releasing these names is to be transparent and begin to rebuild trust with the people I shepherd,” Vásquez said. “This is only one action in response to this crisis in our church. As the Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, I am committed to protecting children from any abuse.”
With 8.5 million Catholics and 1,320 Catholic parishes in Texas, the endeavor to compile a comprehensive list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor represents a major project. All dioceses will publish their lists by Jan. 31, 2019.
The Diocese of Austin overseas 123 parishes and missions and six university Catholic student centers in 25 counties in Central Texas, including Brazos county. The diocese stretches from San Marcos in the south to the Bryan - College Station area in the east.