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Abuse victims to protest outside big church conference
They want preacher accused of concealing crimes “disinvited”
But event organizers are ignoring their request sent last week
Group says preacher’s role “will deter others from reporting abuse”
SNAP: “And it rubs salt into wounds of those who were hurt on his watch”
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims will protest outside a religious conference in Louisville later this month that is expected to draw more than 8,000 church-goers and staff.
“Damning church document” surfaces
It’s about Georgia’s most notorious predator priest
In 1980s, he admitted his crimes to 4 church officials
“He could have been stopped long ago,” group charges
SNAP: Memo shows Boston-style cover ups happened here
Victims also release list of 6 “largely unknown” Atlanta pedophiles
“Virtually none of them have attracted local attention,” group says
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose a “damning” never-before-seen internal church memo showing that four top Georgia Catholic officials heard the state’s most notorious predator priest admit abusing kids decades ago, but they told no one and kept him on the job for years, allowing him to assault more children, and
They will also disclose a list of six predator priests who worked or spent time in Atlanta, been but have gotten little - if any - public attention in Georgia.
And they will also prod Catholic officials to post on church websites, “for the safety of kids,” the names, photos and whereabouts of child molesting clerics, like roughly 30 US bishops have done.
Victims' group discloses a “disturbing letter”
It shows church kept abuse report hidden
Support group blasts Mennonite officials for “secrecy”
SNAP: “Suspected crimes must be reported to police”
Holding signs and photos, abuse victims and their supporters will
--disclose a letter showing that church officials hid suspected crimes for a year and a half,
--give a copy of the letter to police, and
--urge anyone who sees, suspects or suffers abusive crimes to tell secular officials, not church officials.