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Report: Pennsylvania priests accused of sex abuse sent to New Mexico

By Andrew Oxford | aoxford@sfnewmexican.comAugust 19, 2018

A grand jury’s report on widespread sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania casts new light on the church’s practice of shuffling many clergymen accused of misconduct to New Mexico.

The report, which was released last week and prompted a response from the Vatican, included several cases that eventually led to the Southwest.

Ultimately, the grand jury paints a picture New Mexicans will recognize — one in which the state became a place for bishops to send predators and then ignore or cover up reports about their misconduct. Many priests who had committed sexual abuse were housed at an order called Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, then eventually moved to assignments at parishes unaware of their alleged crimes.

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