Are the Diocese of Sacramento’s efforts of atonement actually working?

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The Sacramento Diocese announced on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 the creation of a new victim compensation fund for people who have been abused by members of the clergy. 

Sacramento is one of five dioceses across the state launching the fund in an effort “to own and atone for the Church’s failure to protect children and young people abused by Catholic priests,” according to Bishop Jaime Soto’s statement. 

In April, the Diocese published a list of forty-four priests and two deacons credibly accused of perpetrating sexual abuse. The Diocese defined a credible allegation as one in which, “with the information we have, is it more likely than not that the allegation is true.”

In the following weeks, the Bishop also made public the Diocese’s commitment to cooperate with California Attorney, General Xavier Becerra’s investigation into whether California dioceses complied with their mandatory reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement. 

Since the list was made public, some have questioned whether it is complete and if there are more than the 130 victims reported in it.

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