The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
to Bishops O'Malley,
May 24, 2004
Most Reverend Sean P. O'Malley, OFMCap
Most Reverend Paul G. Bootkoski
Most Reverend Nicholas A. DiMarzio
The St. Louis Archdiocese has recently stated in their weekly diocesan
newspaper that anyone who might have been harmed by Father Romano
Ferraro should call the vicar general or the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's
Fr. Ferraro was sentenced on May 20, 2004 to life imprisonment for sexually abusing a child in Billerica, Massachusetts, a town located within the Archdiocese of Boston. Fr. Ferraro also faces at least two civil molestation lawsuits in St. Louis, for victimizing a boy at St. Joan of Arc parish in the early 1980's.
We strongly urge you, as church leaders in the areas where Fr.
Ferraro ministered to the faithful and their children, to follow
the lead of St. Louis and make the same appeal for victims to come
forward and report their abuse to law enforcement. Announcements
should be made not only in the diocesan newspaper, but in parish
bulletins and from the pulpit during Sunday Masses in the parishes
in and around where Fr. Ferraro worked and
The silent victims who have not yet come forward deserve to know
that Fr. Ferraro has harmed others and they are not alone. They
need to be encouraged to step forward and receive the help and healing
they so rightly deserve.
David Clohessy of St. Louis, MO, SNAP National Director
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests