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Diocese of Dallas Announces Internal Investigation Into 220 Active Priests

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    Diocese of Dallas Investigating Abuse Allegations

    The Diocese of Dallas will hire an outside investigator to look at the files of all priests in Dallas after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced in recent months, said Bishop Edward Burns. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018)

    The Catholic Diocese of Dallas announced Tuesday they have hired investigators to look into 220 active priests.

    Bishop Edward Burns says he is not afraid to face this issue head-on amidst a nationwide sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the church.

    The Diocese of Dallas started the internal investigation in February and hired a team of former state and federal law enforcement officials. That team, made of former state and federal law enforcement officials, is reviewing the personnel files of all 220 active priests and will look into any accusations.

    Burns wants his parishoners to know the diocese is focused on healing and safety.

    Diocese Of Dallas Holds "Ceremony of Sorrow"

    [DFW] Diocese Of Dallas Holds "Ceremony of Sorrow"

    The Diocese of Dallas held a "ceremony of sorrow" at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Tuesday after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced at the church in August.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018)

    "It's important to me as a shepherd to know who I'm placing in the parrish to ensure the faithful that the men serving them is indeed suitable and fit," Burns said.

    It's unclear when the investigation will be complete and if the results will be made public. A spokesperson said the investigation is limited to active priests for now but could be expanded to previous priests.

    The church held a “ceremony of sorrow” at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Tuesday.

    Burns ceremonially took off his Bishop garments and laid face down on the altar as a symbol of sorrow and repentance after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced at the church in August.

    In August, three men came forward alleging Reverend Edmundo Paredes sexually abused them as teenagers, according to the diocese. Paredes disappeared and the Diocese hired a private investigator to track him down.

    "What it has done is it has heightened my care and concern for these good people, they did not ask for this and they do not deserve this,” Burns told reporters before the ceremony.

    Dallas Priest Suspended Following Sexual Abuse Investigation

    [DFW] Dallas Priest Suspended Following Sexual Abuse Investigation: Diocese

    A Dallas priest has been suspended following allegations of sexual abuse that were found to be credible, according to the Diocese of Dallas.

    (Published Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018)

    "The failure of too many of my brother bishops to protect the children by covering up the crimes of the perpetrators and rebuffing victims who came forward has scandalized the Catholic faithful and the public at large," Burns told the congregation. "As your shepherd, I apologize."

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