Group wants names added to pedophile priests list
An advocacy group seeking greater protection for children from pedophile priests called Friday for the Archdiocese of San Antonio to add four names to its list of 56 clergy members who have worked in the area and have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.
Patti Koo, local leader of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said she is aware of “just a handful” more of abuse survivors having come forward since the archdiocese issued its list Jan. 31, after the release of a report by a special lay commission to identify priests who had been “credibly accused” of sexual assault.
The survivors group also is worried that one of the priests on the list of 56 is not being adequately supervised. Koo encouraged more survivors to report past abuse to law enforcement officials, anonymously as an information report, so clergy members with a pattern of assault can be tracked through public records.
Koo also wants Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller to expand the list to at least 60 names — for now.
“We are asking the bishop to please update, add these to his list and please do this on a regular basis. They should be doing this aggressively and changing it. There are dioceses that do that already,” Koo said during a news conference in front of the archdiocese headquarters.
The archdiocese responded with a statement that it “does not have any records or reports concerning allegations of sexual abuse of minors here against the four individuals.” Though the men were not priests of the archdiocese, church officials encouraged anyone with any information concerning them to initially contact law enforcement and then the archdiocesan Office of Victim Assistance and Safe Environment at 210-734-7786, or toll-free, 877-700-1888.
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