MA--Another alleged clergy sex offender has been defrocked
For immediate release, January 27, 2018
Another alleged sex offender has been “dispensed from the clerical state,” otherwise known as laicized or defrocked. This was an appropriate move by the Vatican. However, the duty of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in this case is far from complete.
Peter J Inzerillo was a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Wocester when he was named in a 1999 civil lawsuit filed by Edward Gagne. After the diocese settled with Gagne for $300,000 in damages for an alleged sexual assault, Inzerillo was reassigned to different parish and maintained his priestly faculties until 2002.
We commend Mr. Gagne for courageously pursuing justice and publicly sharing his experience. We encourage any others who may have suffered, witnessed, or suspected abuse by Inzerillo or anyone else to speak up as well. Doing so helps promote accountability and healing.
At the same time, we wonder what the consequence has been or will be for the individual(s) responsible for reassigning Inzeriilo to a parish after the settlement. It is possible, if not likely, Inzerillo continued to commit crimes after that transfer.
If Catholic Church officials do not hold those who endanger children accountable, they cannot claim to be doing all they can to create safe environments for the innocent.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)