Arizona

Aug 19, 2012 5:24 PM by AP

Catholic diocese misses abuse report deadline

PHOENIX - The Roman Catholic office overseeing parishes in Maricopa, Coconino, Yavapai and La Paz counties has missed its own deadline to publish a report detailing sexual abuse by priests.

The Diocese of Phoenix promised to publish a comprehensive list of abusive clergy and a financial accounting by June 14.

The Arizona Republic reports that diocese officials are refusing to discuss why they missed their own deadline.

The report is supposed to detail the church abuse scandal in Phoenix, where more than two dozen priests were either arrested or accused of sexual misconduct.

The scandal erupted in 2002 with the release of diocesan files in Boston and is believed to have cost about $3.3 billion in settlements and verdicts nationwide.

Diocese officials say the report is now expected in the fall.

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