The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sex abuse victims to leaflet as parishioners leave mass
Next door, a convicted child-molesting clergyman worked/works
George importing convicted predator is 'new low', SNAP says
The Pope defrocks pedophile, but Chicagos cardinal quietly hires him
Top Catholic official secretly reverses his 2003 pledge to never bring criminal back here
For first time ever, SNAP urges parishioners to write the Pope complaining about George
The leaflets urge Catholics to
That year, news accounts revealed that Fr. Kenneth J. Martin, originally from the Diocese of Wilmington, Del., was living in Georges mansion one week each month and working as a liturgy expert in the Chicago archdiocese. George was severely criticized because just six months earlier, Americas bishops adopted an allegedly zero tolerance policy toward clergy sex crimes.
Since then, SNAP contends, George has repeatedly defied that policy, yet seen his stature rise in the church hierarchy. George, now president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reluctantly voted for zero tolerance six years ago, only after repeatedly and publicly arguing for a more lenient policy, which appears to be what he has practiced in Chicago.
SNAP fears there may be some in the parish or neighborhood who may have seen, suspected or suffered Martins misdeeds. The group is urging them to step forward, get help, and call police.
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president 312 399 4747
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis SNAP Outreach Director 314 503 0003 cell
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests