Back in December the Archbishop wrote a letter to all the people living in the Archdiocese in which he promised that in “January the Archdiocese of Hartford will be publishing the names of archdiocesan clergy who have been the object of lawsuits and legal settlements, or otherwise credibly accused, and the names of religious order priests and priests from other diocese who have been credibly accused of an offense that took place in the Archdiocese.  The Archdiocese will also contract for a further independent review of all our clergy files to identify any additional names from the present going back to 1953, the year in which the Archdiocese of Hartford as such was established.  The publication of names will be updated as any new information becomes available.  Finally, the Archdiocese will be publishing the financial outlay that has been made as a result of the abuse of minors by clergy and the sources of these funds.”

The announcement this week was the fulfillment of these promises.  The Archdiocese released the names and assignments of the 35 (out of over 1,000) Hartford priests (and one transitional deacon) who have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor from 1953 to the present.  Also released were the names of another 6 priests from religious orders and 6 priests from another diocese who also were the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor from 1953 to the present.

Further, it was announced that retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina, of the firm McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, will be hired to perform an independent review of all our clergy files going back to 1953 to identify any additional names.

Finally, the financial outlay in relation to the payment of settlements of these allegations of abuse of minors by clergy was also shared with the faithful.

More detailed information can be found on the website: promise.archdioceseofhartford.org.

These days are indeed very difficult and challenging for all of us as members of the Catholic Church as the great crime and sin of sexual abuse continues to cast a very dark cloud over the Church’s leadership and its clergy.

All of us at Divine Mercy Parish will keep victims of clergy sexual abuse in our prayers. I apologize for the wrong that has been done. I will be willing to meet with any victim who needs or wants to speak with a priest.

Msgr. Joseph V. DiSciacca