OR--Victims ask: Where’s Portland predator now?
Victims ask: Where’s Portland predator now?
Secret records about child molesting cleric released
More than $5 million paid to victims of Catholic friar
His church supervisors claim he was “restricted & monitored”
But news reports show that he traveled far & organized events
SNAP to archbishop: “Aggressively seek out others he may have hurt”
A victims group is urging Portland Catholic officials to disclose where a credibly accused predator priest is now living. He is in the news again because last week, his long-secret personnel file was made public.
In a letter to a Portland-area church staff, leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests SNAPNetwork.org, are urging church officials retract disclose the whereabouts of Brother Gregory Atherton who worked in Portland at the Grotto from 1991 until this year. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_05_05_Godines_HowOusted_Gregory_Atherton_etc.htm
Atherton is a member of the Servite Friars, a religious order based in Chicago. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/sharkey-660279-order-servite.html
On Friday, 999 pages of records about Atherton were posted online by a Los Angeles attorney: https://boucherllp.app.box.com/clergyfiles/1/3532800929/29476706811/1
The files show that Atherton sexually abused boys at Servite High School in Anaheim, CA. After his abuse at the all-boys school became known, Atherton was sent to a church-run treatment facility in New Mexico. Soon after, he was transferred to The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, also known as the Grotto. http://www.thegrotto.org/
More than $4 million has been paid to Atherton’s victims since 1999. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2005_05_17_Knap_MillionDollar.htm
Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) are upset that Atherton was not kept under restriction, nor were local Portland Catholics warned of the risk.
“We were .. alarmed when Rev. Fontana told a newspaper last week that Atherton was under a ‘safety plan’ and was only doing ‘light housework.’ This is not true,’” said SNAP in a letter to Servite Provincial John Fontana and Grotto Executive Director Thomas Fullmer. “In fact, news accounts show that Atherton was a prominent member of the Servite community, organizing the Festival of Lights, working with youth choirs, traveling to events, speaking at Masses, and playing the organ. He also ha