The Roman Catholic Diocese in London, Ontario says a list of known pedophile priests published Wednesday by an abuse survivors group “appears to be essentially correct.”
In a written statement Thursday, the diocese issued an apology to victims and added the names of four priests not on the original list.
“We wish to express our utmost regret for the suffering that has been incurred as a result of clergy sexual abuse,” the diocese said.
The apology came after the diocese initially refused to confirm the names of 36 priests published by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), which said the abuse began 50 to 60 years ago.
The list included 20 priests who worked in the Windsor region, nine from the London area and others from towns across Southwestern Ontario, including Chatham and Sarnia.
Also on Thursday, a judge in Quebec ruled that allegations of widespread abuse within Les Frères du Sacré-Coeur were credible enough to warrant a class-action law suit.
The suit names 25 priests suspected of sexually assaulting children from the 1940s to the 1980s.
With files from CBC, London Free Press, Montreal Gazette