PA- Priest is new temporary head of Harrisburg diocese; SNAP responds

Fr. Robert Gillelan is the new temporary head of the Harrisburg Catholic diocese. We hope he'll promptly post on the diocesan website the names and whereabouts of all the child molesting clerics who have worked or lived in the Harrisburg area.

Some 30 US dioceses have done this. It's the least Catholic officials can do to help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. It's irresponsible for church bureaucrats to recruit, ordain, hire, train, transfer and protect pedophile priests, then merely suspend them when they become admitted, proven or credibly accused predators.

We also hope Gillelan will seek out others who have been hurt by Fr. Patrick Shannon, an Oblate priest. Typically, religious order clerics like Shannon get far less attention than diocesan priests and it's much easier for them to move across the country and molest again.

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