The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Monday, December 22, 2008
Two groups complain to national panel about bishop
Organizations beg top Catholic committee to discipline Braxton
They also push Belleville church officials to say where predators are living
If you wont defrock or supervise them, at least tell us where they are they plead
For the first time ever, they're urging
Theyll also again urge Braxton to
In the past, the groups have urged Braxton to take a number of abuse prevention steps, including a) meet with them, b) post the names of predator priests in/on the church newspaper and website, and c) put proven, admitted and credibly accused predators (like Kownacki) into treatment centers. Braxton has consistently ignored these requests.
So now, for the first time, the groups are asking Braxton to at lesat disclose warn neighbors where the dioceses pedophile priests are living. (SNAP and FOSIL estimate that there are roughly a dozen such men living throughout the diocese among unsuspecting neighbors and getting little or no supervision.)
The organizations are upset that Braxton is spending millions to appeal two clergy sex cases involving proven predators to higher courts: (Fr. Kenneth Roberts this past summer and Fr. Raymond Kownacki, earlier this fall).
In a recent letter to southern Illinois parishioners, Braxton refers to a Kownacki victim, who won a trial, as an alleged victim. SNAP considers his pathetic, hurtful and mean-spirited given that a jury found the abuse happened and church officials have never even claimed it didnt. They want Braxton to publicly apologize to the victim and his family.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests