The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims urge church to NOT hire molester
SNAP to Louisville congregation: "Why take risks with children’s safety?"
It "can forgive convicted criminal without giving him access to kids," group says
Self help organizations urges church members to at least postpone their decision
Congregation should hold open public meeting with Q & A session before making "reckless move"
They will also urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered the man's crimes to come forward, get help and call police
SNAP believes this is a reckless move that will only put kids in harm's way. Forgiving someone is a private and often healing act. But giving a known child predator an exalted title and role and greater access to kids is a public and always risky act.
The church claims that Hourigan will sign a pledge to not be alone with kids. SNAP considers that to be meaningless.
SNAP is convinced that a truly remorseful and 'reformed' sex offender would not even seek a position like minister, just as a truly repentant and sober alcoholic wouldn't seek a job in a tavern.
The group wants the congregation to delay its planned ordination and hold an open public meeting before making a final decision.
A list of church staff is available at http://cityofrefugewc.org/pastoralstaff.aspx
The church's website is http://cityofrefugewc.org/default.aspx
More about this situation can be found at: http://www.theblogofrecord.com/2009/09/07/sex-offender-to-be-ordained-minister/
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests