Church names 63 New Jersey clergy accused of sexual abuse

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has released a list of 63 Roman Catholic clergy members they say have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors dating to 1940.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the archbishop, made the names public Wednesday.

All the clergy on the list are described as deceased or having been removed from ministry. About half are believed to be responsible for multiple victims.

New Jersey is one of more than two dozen states where dioceses have released the names of abusive clergy since a Pennsylvania grand jury report in August identified over 300 predator priests.

New Jersey's four other dioceses are also expected to release names soon of clergy suspected of abusing minors.

Newark's list includes Theodore McCarrick, a former Newark archbishop who served as Washington, D.C., archbishop from 2000 to 2006. McCarrick was removed from public ministry last June.