In the letter, he spoke directly to survivors saying, “We as a church forever strive to support and assist you on your road to recovery.”
“The sheer number of names on that list is shocking,” Levi Monagle said. “I mean, there were names on there that we weren’t familiar with.”
The list contains 74 names. A majority of them are priests. All of them accused, and in some cases found guilty of sexually abusing children within the Catholic Church.
All of the men worked within the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
Archbishop Wester also stated, “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.”
It’s the first time the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has publicly released any list of this sort, following years of criticism.