Group to call on bishop to release names of accused priests

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - An advocacy group called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is planning to stand outside the Catholic Diocese of Lansing Wednesday.

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They want Bishop Earl Boyea to release the names of the priests accused of sexually abusing children.

The group wants the names of the accused posted online on the diocese's website.

They want things like work history, photos, and where those priests currently are.

The group says that's all in addition to pushing the State of Michigan for legislative reform so survivors can "expose child molesters in court."

Last September, Bishop Boyea said the diocese plans to release the names and the results of a report done by an external agency to review how sexual abuse allegations were handled.

That was the same time the bishop welcomed the state Attorney General's Office investigation into all Michigan dioceses.

That came in the wake of an August 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report about sexual abuse in the church.

SNAP says they'll be outside the diocese in Lansing around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon.