Knestout Richmond Clergy Abuse
Title: Diocese of Richmond starts review of allegations against 4 inactive priests
Author: WHSV newsroom
RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond, which oversees most of Virginia’s Catholic churches, has launched a review into allegations of child sexual abuse involving four retired or inactive priests.
According to a statement from the diocese, they have not reached any conclusions on the allegations at this point, but are beginning their official inquiry into the priests, none of whom are currently serving in active ministry or who have recently served in ministry.
Until the conclusion of the diocese’s inquiry, they say the accused are not deemed to have committed the acts alleged.
However, Bishop Barry C. Knestout said it take great courage for people to come forward to report allegations.
“While the alleged incidents are from the past, we recognize the pain is still a deep and present reality for victim survivors of abuse and for their loved ones,” said Bishop Knestout. “We continue to pray for their healing and for their loved ones who support them.”
All of the clergy named in the allegations are prohibited from any public ministry during the review.
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