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Youngstown Diocese To Release Names Of Priests Removed Over Sexual Abuse

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Bob England
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St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio.

The head of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown says it will publish the names of priests who have been removed due to sexual abuse.

Bishop George Murry says the list of names will be made public during the next two months and go back as far as possible.

He says the diocese won't stand in the way if any prosecutors in the six-county diocese want to investigate priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Murry says some accusers don't want to prosecute and some of the cases are past the 20-year statute of limitations.

The announcement comes after an investigation in Pennsylvania uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six dioceses, with over 300 priests implicated.

In Columbus, a former St. Charles Prepatory School student is suing the Catholic Diocese of Columbus over sexual abuse he allegedly experienced while a student in the early 2000s.