Archbishop John C. Wester's letter and list of abusers posted below.
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe on Tuesday released the names of 74 priests, deacons and members of religions organizations who have been accused of sexually abusing children over the years.
The list was accompanied by a letter from Archbishop John C. Wester who apologized to the victims and their families.
“To the survivors of childhood clergy and religious sexual abuse, their families and loved ones, I am so deeply sorry for the pain and suffering you have endured,” Wester’s letter said. “The history of this terrible abuse at the hands of those who were supposed to love and protect you is a deep source of sadness and shame for our Church. We as a Church must forever strive to support and assist you on your road to recovery.
“Here at the archdiocese, we have been continually working to identify additional ways that we may aid in the healing process. Not long after I became your archbishop, I concluded that a critical step is for the archdiocese to publicly acknowledge and identify those clergy and religious who have been accused of perpetrating child sexual abuse within our archdiocese.
“We must practice openness and transparency whenever possible, as this is essential for rebuilding trust and healing wounds. While many of the accused names have already been made public or have been identified elsewhere, this is the first time the archdiocese has published such a list.
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