A Dallas lawyer is going to be adding information on 2,600 alleged abusive priests to a victims’ group to add to their online database. Sylvia Demarest says the information was assembled from public sources and includes an accused priest’s name and the time, place, and nature of the alleged abuse. The information will eventually be added to the database already online at Bishop-Accountability.org
On the one hand, I think the more information available the better. For one thing, it prevents the hiding of perverts in plain sight. Plus it helps us to understand the nature and extent of the abuse as well as the actions of those who protected them over the years.
However, I wonder about the “quality” of the database. Anyone can claim anything, so under what circumstances will an accusation be included? Will there only be credible allegations? I’m afraid of the potential that priests who had one false accusation lodged against them decades ago could be included.
That said, I think the database is a valuable tool. I just want to learn more about it and be assured that it is accurate and has been vetted by reliable sources.