Jesuits release list of 153 priests with credible abuse claims, 17 had ties to St. Louis area schools

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Two Catholic Jesuit provinces covering nearly half the U.S. have released the names of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were the subjects of “credible allegations” of sexual abuse dating back to the 1950s.

Jesuits West, which covers 10 western states, announced Friday that its internal investigation determined there were credible abuse allegations against 111 priests , brothers or priests in training who were connected to the province dating back to 1950.

The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province, which covers 13 states in the central and southern U.S. as well as Puerto Rico and Belize, released 42 names . Its examination went back to 1955.

17 of the names released had connections to St. Louis area schools.

Many of those on the lists are dead.

A province that covers several Midwestern states, the Midwest Province, will announce a similar list Dec. 17.

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A Catholic Jesuit province that overs 13 states in the Midwest and South says it has found “credible allegations” of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders dating back to 1955.

The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province, which is based in St. Louis and which also covers Puerto Rico and Belize, released the names Friday. Most of the men cited are deceased and others are no longer Jesuits. The province says four are still members of the province but are not active in ministry and live in supervised housing.

The list includes mostly priests but also brothers who serve some ministry functions but who are not ordained, and “scholastics,” which are men in training to become priests.

A province that covers several western states, Jesuits West, will announce a similar list later Friday.

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