Two Hawaii priests deemed guilty of molesting kids have been dealt setbacks recently.
One sought release from prison but was denied parole, while the other has been permanently ousted from the priesthood by the Vatican.
Fr. Robert Mac Santry, a former priest of the Diocese of Honolulu who is now residing in Georgia, has been “dismissed from the clerical state,” effective immediately. As of this time, it is unknown what infractions caused Santry to be ousted. A priest can be dismissed for a multitude of crimes, including sexual abuse and financial fraud.
“Bishop Clarence Silva owes it to his parishioners, and especially to Santry’s neighbors in Atlanta to disclose what his crime was,” said David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Whether it was child abuse or fraud, we call on Bishop Silva to live up to his promise to be open and honest about clergy crimes and make a full accounting of what happened with Santry.”
Fr. Mark Matson, a Catholic priest of the Colorado-based Theatine Fathers order was tried and convicted in 2000 in Hawaii for sexual assaulting a 13-year-old boy. Matson was sentenced to twenty years behind bars. Last week, a Hawaii parole board voted to keep him in jail after Matson applied for release after 12 years.
Matson had been accused of abusing young boys in both Colorado and California before being arrested in Hawaii.
“We are glad that the parole board recognized the risk here,” said Clohessy. “It’s important to take steps like these keep kids safe, and kids are safer when predators are behind bars.”