List of clergy facing sexual abuse allegations in Richmond released

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has released the names of clergy who are facing credible and substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors, including two who worked at a parish in Charlottesville.

The diocese has completed an independent review of its clergy personnel files.

The list, which has been published on the diocese's website, contains the names of 42 priests that are facing credible allegations.

“To the victims and to all affected by the pain of sexual abuse, our response will always be about what we are doing, not simply what we have done.” said the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, the Bishop of Richmond in an open letter published with the list. “We will seek not just to be healed but will always be seeking healing. We will seek not just to be reconciled but will always be seeking reconciliation.”

This release of names fulfills a promise Knestout made in September 2018 in a pastoral letter, From Tragedy to Hope.

A report from The Daily Press says a former pastor of a church in Charlotteville, Reverend Julian Goodman, resigned in 2002 at the request of then-Bishop Reverend Walter Sullivan.

He was accused of sexually abusing a seminary student at St. John Vianney in Goochland, beginning in 1976.

And in 2004, a Washington Post report said a Charlottesville priest was going to be investigated.

The priest, the Reverend Dennis Murphy, was put on administrative leave pending an investigation into interactions he had with teenagers.

Several of the people included on the list have either been removed from office or have died.

To view the full list, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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