In September, after years of pressure from survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe publicly released the names of 74 priests, deacons and brothers it says have been credibly accused of abusing children in its parishes in the past several decades.

Many people hailed the list as an important first step in the archdiocese taking accountability for widespread suffering caused by a deeply rooted scandal. But a lawsuit filed Thursday in a state District Court in Albuquerque accuses the archdiocese of issuing a list that was “deceptively incomplete.”

According to the suit, filed on behalf of a man unidentified only as “John Doe 80,” dozens of priests who received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete — a Jemez Mountains rehabilitation facility established in 1947 to treat pedophile priests — were omitted from the list.

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