The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Sex abuse victims challenge archbishop
He stays silent about 2 recently 'outed' accused pedophiles
Gomez let a principal, just suspended in Arizona, move to a parish here
Group asks "How many other predators have been allowed to come here?"
"Quit splitting hairs with religious orders & start protecting your flock," SNAP tells prelate
-- oust a credibly accused predator who's now at a local parish,
First, SNAP leafleted outside a parish, warning parents that Brother Richard Suttle had been ousted from a Arizona elementary school last year for abuse charges. He now lives at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 617 S. Santa Rosa St., downtown. Then, last week, SNAP disclosed that a long-time St. Mary's University professor, Fr. Charles H. Miller, was suspended last year for molesting a teenaged girl in San Antonio in 1980. He had never been publicly exposed as a molester before.
Both are still clerics and still get paychecks. They belong to separate religious orders: Suttle is a Claretian and Miller is a Marianist. SNAP says Archbishop Jose Gomez "splits hairs" and claims he's essentially powerless over the men, even though Catholic canon law, tradition and practice holds that each bishop is responsible for the well-being of every Catholic in his diocese, regardless of who pays them.
SNAP is especially critical of Gomez for letting Suttle secretly move here and live at a parish, despite the allegations against him. In neither case, the group argues, did Gomez honor his promises to be 'open and transparent' with clergy sex cases.
The Claretians are headquartered in San Gabriel, CA (626-289-2009, 626-716-6143). The Marianists are based in St. Louis, MO (314 533 1207).
SNAP feels that parishioners have a duty to ask their friends, family members and others if they were victimized. Often, men and women who have been sexually assaulted are fearful of disclosing their pain and do so only when approached directly but gently by someone they know and love.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests