Sioux City Diocese reveals list of 28 priests credibly accused of abusing minors

The Rev. Brad Pelzel, left, and Sioux City Diocese Bishop R. Walker Nickless listen to Mark Prosser, a member of the Diocesan Review Board, talk about a list of 28 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors during a news conference Monday. 
SIOUX CITY -- Aiming to "shine a light" on its own "shameful history," the Diocese of Sioux City made public Monday the names of 28 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 100 children while serving the Northwest Iowa diocese.
For months, a Diocesan Review Board and the diocese's law firm reviewed priest files dating to the diocese's founding in 1902. The first accusation deemed credible occurred in 1948, and the most recent in 1995, said Mark Prosser, a Review Board member who is also police chief in Storm Lake.
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The titles of these articles is misleading(same with the Green Bay headlines), there are zero active priest credibly accused. I think this is the right move, to make progress on this issue that seems to never find a final resolution.  Yes, ambulance chasers are licking their chops but it's time to make zero tolerance mean something. 
Nickless noted none of the credibly accused priests currently serve in the ministry or are active with youth. All but six are deceased, and the survivors have been stripped of their ability to give communion, celebrate Mass or represent themselves as priests, the bishop said. 

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