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CA--Parish honoring admitted child molester

Parish honoring admitted child molester 

He has been banned from LA and Chicago archdioceses and taken out of ministry by his religious order

He was sued for abuse last year, however

San Gabriel Parish still calls him priest, gives him award

May 25 event will also honor actor Edward James Olmos, others

Victims to Archdioceses: Act now to stop dangerous callous behavior


Victims of child sex abuse wrote a letter today to the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and Chicago and a Chicago-based religious order to express their outrage that a banned priest and admitted child molester is being honored by a local Los Angeles-area parish.

That man, Bruce Wellems, has been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, removed from the priesthood in both Los Angeles and Chicago, and has also been taken out of ministry by the Claretians, a religious order—all for allegations of sexual abuse. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-priest-past-abuse-met-20160102-story.html
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MO – Father Jiang/St. Louis Archdiocese found not liable for sexual abuse of a child, survivors respond

For immediate release: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda, SNAP Volunteer Board Member (925) 708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com

We know from statistics that few allegations of child sexual abuse are false, particularly when the outcry is made by a child. So, we are saddened to learn that a jury in St. Louis today found Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang and the Archdiocese of St. Louis not liable for the 2012 sexual abuse of a young girl.

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