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Holy Cross order releases list of accused abusive priests

The Roman Catholic religious order that founded the University of Notre Dame has identified 14 priests and one seminarian who it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors across the country since the 1940s.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 3:51 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Roman Catholic religious order that founded the University of Notre Dame has identified 14 priests and one seminarian who it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors across the country since the 1940s.

The South Bend, Indiana-based Congregation of Holy Cross U.S. Province released the list Wednesday. It says 10 of the men are deceased, two are elderly now in health facilities and three are no longer with the order. That includes Paul LeBrun, who's serving a 111-year sentence for abusing boys while at Phoenix-area churches in 1986-91.

The congregation says it's received no new allegations since 1991. It reports incidents from 11 states and Africa.

U.S. dioceses and religious orders have named more than 1,000 predator priests and numerous prosecutors are investigating how church leaders handled those cases.

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