The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has released a list of clergy members that "have a credible and substantiated allegation of sexual abuse against a minor,” according to a news release.
The list comes at the conclusion of an independent investigation completed by a third party.
More than 40 clergy members were included in the list posted on the diocese's webpage.
According to the diocese website, the list was compiled after careful analysis. Names were "added to the list if the greater weight of evidence suggested it was more likely than not that the abuse occurred. This does not mean it was proved to have occurred."
"To the victims and to all affected by the pain of sexual abuse, our response will always be about what we are doing, not simply what we have done. We will seek not just to be healed but will always be seeking healing. We will seek not just to be reconciled but will always be seeking reconciliation," Bishop Barry Knestout wrote in a letter published along with the list.
In a pastoral letter from September, Knestout told parishioners an independent investigation would be conducted by a third-party.
"Our diocese is committed to making public the names of those priests from our diocese who have received credible and substantiated allegations of abuse," Knestout wrote in the September letter. "I believe this to be an important step in helping survivors."
Priests of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond:
Beardsley, Fredrick James: Suspended
Blankenship, John Paul: Convicted/Laicized
Bostwick, John Raymond: Removed
Butler, John Robert: Laicized
Dozier, Carrol T.*: Deceased
Goff, Richard Bernard: Laicized
Goodman, Julian B.: Removed
Hesch, John Beaman *: Deceased
Higgins, Philip J.: Removed
Leonard, John E.: Convicted/Removed
Leveille, Roland Edmund: Dispensed
Majewski, Joseph B.: Suspended
McConnell, James Henry*: Deceased
Murphy, Dennis Paul: Suspended
Pham, Joseph Thang Xuan: Suspended
Rizer, James Lee: Deceased
Rodriquez, Oscar Alexander "Paul": Convicted
Rule, Steven R.: Suspended
Shrader, Dwight Edward: Laicized
Teslovic, Eugene John: Removed
Priests ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, alleged to have committed abuse in the present-day territory of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and later incardinated to the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, or alleged to have committed abuse in both dioceses:
Findlay, Harris Markam*: Laicized
Kamerdze, Paul Jude*: Deceased
Krafcik, Andrew William Paul: Laicized
Munley, John Joseph*: Deceased
Nudd, Robert Eugene*: Deceased
Rea, John*: Deceased
Reinecke, William Thomas*: Deceased
Ryder, Austin Lewis*: Deceased
Religious and Priests of Other Dioceses with allegations of abuse that occurred in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond:
Brady, Martin D., TOR, Franciscan: Deceased
Burkhardt, Gordian, OSB, Benedictine: Laicized
Earley, Richard, R. SSJ, Josephite: Deceased
George, Frederick, OSB, Benedictine: Removed
George, George, Maronite: Convicted
Melody, Roland (Owen John), m.s.ss.t, Trinitarian: Convicted
Philben Francis M., CSS p, Holy Ghost*: Deceased
Ryan, Paul David, Ballarat, Australia: Convicted/Removed
Smalls, Oliver Joseph, Belize, S. A.: Unknown
Religious and Priests of Other Dioceses with allegations of abuse elsewhere, who worked in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond:
Bourbon, Francis R., S.J., Jesuit: Unknown
Burton, Charles Jeffries, S.J., Jesuit: Removed
Dyer, Bernardine George, O.P., Dominican Friar: Dismissed
Fedor, James, Scranton: Laicized
Ludwig, Augustine, OSB, Benedictine: Abandoned Ministry
*The allegation of abuse was made after the priest’s death.
To be laicized means a member of the clergy is dismissed from the clergy
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