Statement of the Fall River Diocese in Response to January 21st Demonstration
January 21, 2020

An individual from a New Jersey-based group was present today (Tuesday, January 21, 2020) outside the administration offices of the Fall River Diocese to call on Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., to release a list of priests accused of abuse of a minor.

Last year, Bishop da Cunha announced his intention to publish a list of clergy against whom a credible allegation of abuse of a minor has been made in the past, and this remains his commitment. As the Bishop previously announced, the Diocese engaged the services of an outside consultant to review personnel files of all priests, living or deceased. The Diocese’s preparation of the list of accused priests is ongoing. Bishop da Cunha appreciates the concerns of the individual who was present today and wishes to assure the community of faithful that the Diocese is taking the time and diligence necessary to compile a list that is accurate and thorough.

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