List of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse to be released soon

By Bill Barajas - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The Catholic Church's decision to compile a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse was met with an array of emotions.

Fifteen Catholic Dioceses in Texas and the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter made the decision on Sept. 30. The purpose of the list is provide transparency, accountability and healing.

"No. 1, the church should always be willing to release this without being asked to. It makes survivors feel safer that their alleged person or their convicted person's name is out there," said Barbara Garcia Boehland. 

Boehland claims her son, Eduardo, was abused in 1993. He was only 16 and died by suicide several years later.

"My only son, my first born Eduardo was sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest. He was attending St. Anthony's High School seminary. I put Eduardo (there) for his own safety. I thought that he should be around men that could teach him how to be a man," Boehland said.

Carlos Lozano pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to 10 years' probation. He was later sentenced to 20 years in prison when he violated his probation by downloading pornographic pictures from the internet.

"I miss my son all the time. There isn't somewhere that I don't turn around and think about him," Boehland said.
 
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller said he will form a Lay Commission on Clergy Sexual Abuse and take recommendations on how to address allegations in the future.

"I would like for them to be sure that they do their part in getting these people put away in prison, not just given probation or jail time. They need to be in prison," Boehland said.

The list will be released on Jan. 31, 2019. It will look at allegations as far back as 1940. 

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