FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, revealed Friday that he will collect and release a list of the names of priests who committed similar offenses relating to sexual misconduct.
During a news conference, Rhoades expressed sympathy and support to the victims and their families adding, “The Church failed you. For that, I apologize.”
In a statement released Friday, Rhoades explains:
It is important for victims to see the names of their abusers made public “for all to see. For everyone to know the pain caused by these priests. It is [his] hope that by releasing these names, the innocent victims of these horrific and heartbreaking crimes can finally begin the process of healing.”
The list is being compiled and will be provided at a later time.