The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops plans to release a list of names of clergy who are credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors not only here in the Rio Grande Valley, but across the lone star state.
The conference has taken this action as a proactive approach to the growing sexual abuse scandal in the church around the country and around the globe. Bishops will publish the list no later than Jan. 31, 2019, ensuring that all Texas dioceses will release the information around the same time.
Bishop Daniel E. Flores, who leads the Diocese of Brownsville, is not worried that reports of sexual misconduct could come from Rio Grande Valley churches.
"The Holy Father has said to the church around the world that we have to let the truth be there and follow it through. And so, hopefully, what will result from this study, from all the dioceses, is an accounting up to the very present," said Flores.
The study will encompass all records of sexual abuse in the church from 1950 through 2018. However, the record for the Brownsville Diocese will begin in 1965, when the diocese was created.
To report suspicion of child abuse to your local diocese, visit txcatholic.org/how-to-report.