Group protests Braxton's Africa trip, kitchen remodel, questions status of priests
BELLEVILLE — The cost of a kitchen renovation for Bishop Edward Braxton, questions about his recent trip to Africa and worry that priests suspected of molesting children aren't being monitored were the subjects of a small rally Monday outside the Diocese of Belleville's chancery office.
Seven members of the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests demonstrated with small signs on the street corner opposite St. Elizabeth's Hospital.
A prime concern, said David Clohessy, a director of SNAP, is the organization's belief that six or seven Belleville Diocese priests removed from ministry in the early- to mid-90s and still on the diocesan payroll might molest children. None of these priests has been accused of any crime in a criminal court.
"They say to these priests, 'You're too dangerous to be in our parishes, but I don't care who you hang out with, or where you live,'" Clohessy said.
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