A Wisconsin diocese has released the names of more than 40 clergy members with substantiated allegations they sexually abused a minor.
The Green Bay Diocese posted the names of 46 clergy on its website Thursday.
Bishop David Ricken apologized at a news conference to the 98 known victims of sexual abuse by the clergy in the diocese since 1906. Ricken called for any other victims to come forward.
The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is publicly releasing names of clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors. The website appears to have crashed less than a minute after the names were posted.https://t.co/06FMxWw3x3 pic.twitter.com/TX6k1meSlP
— Robert Zizzo (@robertzizzo) January 17, 2019
The diocese has conducted an internal investigation since September to identify the clergy members.
The Green Bay Press Gazette reports only 15 of the 46 clergy members are still alive. One name was withheld pending further review, since the priest has contested his inclusion.