UPDATE | Murry back to work; will publish sex abuse list
YOUNGSTOWN — The Most Rev. George Murry, Youngstown Roman Catholic Diocese bishop, was back at work Tuesday.
Bishop Murry addressed media Tuesday morning at St. Columba Cathedral, speaking on his recent leukemia treatment and recovery and his return to part-time work in the diocese.
"I am now 100 percent cancer-free and my energy levels are almost back to normal," he said.
Addressing recent Catholic church sex abuse reports, Bishop Murry said the diocese will publish the names of all ministers who have been dismissed due to credible sex abuse allegations.
He also said he's connected with Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains to develop new transparency efforts in the diocese. The diocese will collect and publish personnel files on its ministers in the coming months, should they be sought in church sex abuse investigations.
Gains said his office has not received any complaints or evidence of sex abuse in the Youngstown diocese that could be heard in court.
Other cases, however, have run up against the 20-year statute of limitations, he said Tuesday. Those complainants were referred to civil attorneys, he said.
He urged complainants to reach out to local law enforcement first.
"If we have the ability to prosecute it, we will," Gains said.