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The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore published the names of 23 dead priests and religious brothers Wednesday who it says were credibly accused of child sex abuse after their deaths.

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This release marks a revision to an archdiocese policy that once prohibited the naming of priests and brothers who were no longer alive when they were accused of abusing young people.

“It is hoped that this step will demonstrate the archdiocese’s commitment to transparency and provide encouragement and healing for victim-survivors of abuse,” archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine said in an email.

Baltimore’s archdiocese — home to the country’s first bishop, first cathedral, and first diocese — has now publicly named and listed 126 clergy members accused of child sex abuse, with incidents dating back as far as 80 years.

Read More: Associated Press 

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