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43 priests facing allegations of sexual abuse named by Norwich bishop

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) - The Diocese of Norwich has released a list of 43 names that goes back decades, in some cases, more than 50 years.

These are all priests who have had allegations of sexual abuse brought against them, and their cases have merit, according to the church.

The Diocese of Norwich said it has paid out more than $7 million to nine victims, and there are still 23 cases for victims that are pending. 

On Sunday, parishioners attended an evening Mass, with many shocked and others saddened. 

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Some, like Theresa Geoff, are disenchanted with the Catholic Church.

“One of the reasons I no longer go to church is because of all of the scandals that are going on," she said. "I can’t put my money into the basket, into the church collection to pay for these priests doing all of this nastiness.”

Diocese of Norwich Bishop Michael Cote released a statement, which read:

"I am grievously sorry for the horrific sins and crimes made against the most vulnerable among us who have suffered sexual abuse and misconduct. I offer again my deepest and heartfelt apology on behalf of the Church to the victims of child abuse and their families suffering painful life-long consequences" 

Click here to view the full list.

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