Diocese of Shreveport: No sexual abuse allegations since inception
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Diocese of Shreveport has released a statement regarding sexual abuse allegations. Since it’s creation by Pope John Paul II in June 1986, no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by a bishop, priest or deacon have been received.
Because the Diocese of Shreveport was once a part of a larger regional Diocese that covered Central and Northern Louisiana, any records of abuse prior to June 1986 would be with the latter.
Below is a portion of a statement issued by Diocesan Administrator – Very Rev. Peter Mangum, JCL, JV
I am aware that names of priests who served in north Louisiana prior to 1986 may be disclosed in the public report from the Diocese of Alexandria when they have completed their review. The release of those names and the parishes in which they served may be difficult for many. Some may be surprised to see the name of a priest who served in their parish or who was personally known to them. There may be, no doubt, disappointment and horror with the realization of such unspeakable immorality harming many youth and their families.
We echo the words of Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans, in his letter of November 2, 2018, to his people in conjunction with the release of names of clergy in that archdiocese of those priests who have been removed from ministry for an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor:
To the victims and survivors, my heart and prayerful support go out to you that you may know God’s healing and compassion. Anyone who is a victim of sexual abuse by clergy, please know of my willingness to meet with you so that I may walk with you in healing. For our sins of the past, we ask for your forgiveness and for the mercy of God. Our sin is public and it calls us as Church leaders to repentance in order that our Church can experience renewal.
For the full statement, click here.
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