LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Archdiocese of Louisville held a press conference to release a report on documented sex abuse reports within the church over the last 70 years.
A 30-page report was released by the diocese in cooperation with an independent panel chaired by former KSP Commissioner, Mark Miller. The panel was given access to all the church’s personnel files and reports of abuse.
The report shows that 34 credibly accused diocesan priests named in the report and 12 that were unable to be investigated.
Most of the priests mentioned in the report are dead.
Three of the priests were responsible, said Miller, for at least 170 reported cases of abuse.
The Archbishop took the opportunity to encourage victims who had not reported abuse to contact law enforcement if their abusers were still living. If their abusers were deceased, Archbishop Kurtz encouraged victims to reach out to the diocese.