IL--Chicago archbishop delays announcing allegation

IL--Chicago archbishop delays announcing allegation

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 5

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org)

Chicago’s archbishop kept quiet for more than a week about child pornography allegations against a priest.

Police are investigating possible child sex images on the computer of Fr. Octavio Munoz Capetillo, pastor of St. Pancratius in the Brighton Park neighborhood. Archbishop Blasé Cupich apparently suspended Fr. Capetillo on 8/27 but made no public announcement until 8/3.

It's inexcusable for Catholic officials to delay disclosing alleged crimes by priests involving kids. And suspected child sex crimes should immediately be turned over to law enforcement, not "vetted" first by church officials.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-archdiocese-priest-removed-met-20150803-story.html

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/848646/southwest-side-priest-removed-ministry-police-investigation

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

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