For immediate release: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949.322.7434, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A credibly accused serial predator priest is missing. The next step is clear: Mexico’s bishops must use their resources - pulpit announcements and websites and everything in between - to warn their flocks about him and beg those with information about him to call law enforcement.
Fr. Eduardo Cordova was found guilty by the Vatican of abusing a teenage boy. The Archdiocese of San Luis Potosi filed a criminal complaint in May with secular authorities, and 19 victims have filed criminal complaints since then.
Although the Vatican found the complaints against Cordova credible, enough so to defrock him, it appears that Cordova still maintains a level of support among his colleagues. It is always disappointing and troublesome when church officials or parishioners support a credibly accused predator priest. It hurts victims and intimidates witnesses and victims.
Child molesting clerics will keep moving elsewhere to evade justice as long as bishops let them. When bishops show real courage and leadership - and alert parishioners and parents and the public - about these dangerous priests, this precarious practice will stop.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)