TOWSON, Md. - The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus has released the names of its members who they say have been credibly accused of sex crimes involving children - including victims in the D.C. area.
The list extends back to 1950 - and includes Jesuits who worked in Catholic schools and institutions throughout the region.
The Maryland Province covers nine states including Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
The Province also offered a statement apologizing for the crimes its members are accused of committing:
We are deeply sorry for the harm we have caused to victims and their families. We also apologize for participating in the harm that abuse has done to our Church, a Church that we love and that preaches God's care for all, especially the most vulnerable among us. The People of God have suffered, and they rightly demand transparency and accountability. We hope that this disclosure of names will contribute to reconciliation and healing.
The list was released as a new wave of revelations regarding priest abuse rippled through the U.S.
In October, the Washington Diocese released a list of 31 clergymen credibly accused of sex crimes.
- Jesuits with a credible or established offense against a minor (anyone under the age of 18) who are current Maryland Province Jesuits or are current Jesuits from another Province whose offense took place in the Maryland Province.
- Jesuits with a credible or established offense against a minor (anyone under the age of 18) who are deceased or former Maryland Province Jesuits or are deceased or former Jesuits from another Province whose offense took place in the Maryland Province.
- Jesuits with an allegation of an offense against a minor (anyone under the age of 18) that could not be fully investigated to determine credibility, but for which there is a reasonable possibility (semblance of truth) that the alleged offense occurred.