OH- 25 years late, Vatican defrocks OH predator priest
For immediate release: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Many Catholic officials claim Vatican officials have sped up defrocking pedophile priests. Really? Then how to explain that just today, we're told that Fr. George F. Bailey has been kicked out of the priesthood that left almost 25 years ago?
He worked in Wickliffe, Barberton, Madison, Medina, Bedford, Akron and Cleveland.
While we are grateful that Bailey will no longer be able to use his title, status or, position of trust and respect as a Catholic priest to sexually assault children we strongly suspect that he is currently using the training, skills and education he received from church officials to secure a position where he will have access to children.
Priests are recruited, trained, educated, housed, employed and take a vow of obedience to the bishop. For Catholic officials to simply now say 'we defrocked him and bare no responsibility for his future behavior” is ludicrous. We feel that church officials have both a moral and a civil obligation to protect unsuspecting communities from these dangerous predators.
We hope that diocesan officials will use their vast resources to find Bailey and warn others about him, using parish bulletins, diocesan websites and pulpit announcements.
(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 15,000 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)
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Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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