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Pope Francis is facing calls to "set an example of transparency" by releasing the names of priests punished in secret for sexual abuse under the Church's own canon law

Pope Francis is facing calls to "set an example of transparency" by releasing the names of priests punished in secret for sexual abuse under the Church's own canon law

Pope Francis is facing calls to "set an example of transparency" by releasing the names of priests punished in secret for sexual abuse under the Church's own canon law

Pope Francis is facing calls to "set an example of transparency" by releasing the names of priests punished in secret for sexual abuse under the Church's own canon law.

The calls came as abuse-tracking group BishopAccountability.org published an online database detailing 88 priests and brothers on both sides of the Irish border who were convicted in the courts or whose alleged abuses were documented in various statutory reports.

The list includes the names of notorious paedophiles such as Brendan Smyth, Daniel Curran, Sean Fortune and Ivan Payne, but also documents other less well-known abusers. Campaigners said the list represents only a small proportion of the religious against whom accusations of sexual abuse have been made.

Abuse survivor Mark Vincent Healy urged the Pope to order the publication of the global list of 3,400 clergy who have been disciplined by the Vatican for sexually abusing minors.

Mr Healy and Anne Barrett Doyle, of BishopAccountability.org, said there were 1,331 Irish priests, religious and sisters against whom allegations of sexual abuse had been made since January 1975.

A total of 3,394 allegations were reported but just 82 priests and religious from congregations were convicted of an offence.

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