Breaking News
More () »

Austin diocese to release list of priests 'credibly accused' of abuse. What does that mean?

All 15 Catholic diocese in Texas will release a list on Thursday of all clergy that are 'credibly accused' in sexual abuse cases, but what does that mean?

AUSTIN, Texas — All 15 Catholic diocese in Texas are expected to release 'credibly accused' clergy lists on Thursday regarding sexual abuse cases.

So what does 'credibly accused' mean?

According to the Catholic diocese of Fort Worth, 'credibly accused' "is not a finding that the alleged abuse actually occurred. Rather, it is finding that there is reason to believe that the alleged abuse occurred." and the "determination is a lesser standard than that required by our civil or criminal legal systems."

So while the term 'credibly accused' identifies the person as a possible abuser, a victim who wants legal action will have to go outside of the church.


'He groped us during confession' | Austin women speak out after accusing Catholic priest of sexual abuse

Priest named in Pennsylvania church sex abuse probe jailed

Sources: More clergy abuse files found during search of Archdiocese 'secret archives'