The Archdiocese of Los Angeles released on Thursday an updated list of priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, with the report showing two cases of alleged abuse of current minors in the archdiocese since 2008.
The two cases were made public at the time the allegations were first received. Upon receiving the accusations, the archdiocese removed the two priests, Juan Cano and Jose Luis Cuevas, from ministry and reported them to law enforcement. Following separate investigations by police and by an Archdiocesan oversight board, the men were permanently removed from ministry.
“As disturbing as their behavior was, it shows that thanks to the swift action of alert teachers, parents and even children themselves, we can catch signs of abusive behavior early,” said Dr. Heather Banis, Victims Assistance Ministry Coordinator for the Archdiocese.
Overall, the update added the names of 54 priests—27 of them now dead—to the Archdiocese’s “Report to the People of God,” originally published in 2004 by Cardinal Roger Mahony, and updated in 2005 and in 2008. The archdiocese has posted the full list, along with a message from Archbishop José H. Gomez, on a new website.
The majority of the names belong to priests accused in the last ten years of misconduct alleged to have occurred before 2008.
In a departure from how other dioceses have handled such listings, Archbishop Gomez instructed that the Archdiocese include the names of deceased priests with allegations that could not be fully corroborated but were nonetheless considered “plausible” by the independent oversight board that reviews accusations for the archdiocese. This broader standard was also applied for priests who had “long ago left the Archdiocese before the allegation of misconduct was received,” the Archdiocese said in a statement.
The decision to broaden the standard for those allegations from “credible” to “plausible” for those priests was made “out of respect and deference to the victim-survivors who made the report,” the Archdiocese said.
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Full text of the archbishop’s statement upon releasing the list here.