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Charlotte Talks: Victims Of The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Wait For 'The List'


Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

By the end of the year the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is expected to release its list of clergy members "credibly accused" of sexual abuse. We take a look at what happens then.

Across the country, Catholic dioceses have been releasing lists of names of clergy who have been accused of sexually abusing minors. The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has yet to do so, butpromises to release the names of priests it deems to be "credibly accused" by the end of this year.

With that date fast approaching, WFAE’s Sarah Delia has been exploring the history of this scandal, the church’s response, what victims hope to gain from the release of these names and what happens after their identity is known in a four-part series simply titled "The List." She and others join us to talk about that and more.


Sarah Delia, WFAE reporter. Her four-part series "The List" examines the implications of a forthcoming list of credibly accused clergy soon to come out of the Charlotte Diocese.

The Rev. Thomas Doyle. A former Catholic priest and former attorney in the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Doyle was one of the first people in the Catholic Church to bring attention to sexual abuse by clergy with a report he published in 1985.

Anthony, a victim of abuse who alleges he was abused by Richard Farewell, who at one point was a priest at St. Ann in Charlotte. He filed a civil lawsuit in 2011, but it was dismissed because the statute of limitations had run out.

Charlotte Talks invited a representative from the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte to join the show but they declined, citing scheduling conflicts.

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Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.