December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent,
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
When I became the Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, I committed to ensuring that the children in this Diocese and in the Parishes, Missions or Schools that operate within the Diocese were protected. The Diocese published names of those working within the Diocese against whom there were credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
We have now officially undertaken the task of publishing names of priests and church workers who have served in our diocese, but who have had credible allegations of abuse made against them during their assignments outside of the Diocese of Gallup. These names will be posted below the list of church workers who have been credibly accused of abuse from their time serving within the Diocese of Gallup.
I have sent letters to each Parish, Mission or School within the territory of the Diocese of Gallup including those where each of the priests or others served, advising them that we have now extended the parameters of our credibly accused list.
The publication of these additional names does not mean that our vigilance and continued investigation ends here. The investigations remain ongoing. Although the new listed Church workers have not been accused of abuse of a minor while they served within our Diocese. If anyone is aware of an incident of abuse, we urge them to contact the proper law enforcement authorities. We also welcome you to contact the Victims Assistance Coordinator at 505-906-7357.
I wish to also thank the survivors of abuse for their bravery and dedication to driving reform in the Church. I cannot undo the violation of your trust and innocence, but your voices have been instrumental as we continue to work to root out abuse. I again reaffirm my commitment to protect our children and to continue to assist those who have been harmed.
Sincerely yours in Christ+
Bishop James S. Wall