Advocates: Clerical sexual abuse in Tennessee requires independent study

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Victim advocates are calling for a more thorough investigation after the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville published the names of 13 priests accused of sexually abusing minors.

Leaders with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests spoke out Friday asking for an independent investigation rather than relying on the church’s method of looking into the claims of possible abuse.

The names released last week include priests who served from the 1940s to the 1990s. The list did not include information about when church leaders were made aware of the allegations or estimates of the total number of victims.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Nashville said there are no plans to release more information, but the church is committed to taking allegations of abuse seriously.