The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Group to protest ordination of child molester
Records show he now lives with another offender
He assaulted 11 year old & must register with the state for life
Still, he's set to be honored as a minister in Louisville on Sunday
SNAP to his congregation: "Why take risks with children's' safety?"
"It's good to forgive," group says, "but it's wrong to be reckless with kids"
Self help organizations urges church members to at least postpone their decision
Congregation should hold open public meeting with Q & A session before making "dangerous move"
They will also urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes the man's crimes to come forward, get help and call police
On Thursday, SNAP held a news conference outside the church asking that the congregation delay its planned ordination and hold an open public meeting before making a final decision. SNAP wrote to the pastor with these requests but has received no reply.
On Friday, SNAP sent a letter to the Lexington-based Kentucky Council of Churches, urging it to speak out against Hourigan's ordination.
Also on Friday, according to the state's sex offender registry (http://kspsor.state.ky.us/), SNAP learned that Hourigan
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 access to kids is a public and always risky act.
The group considers the church's claim that Hourigan will sign a pledge to not be alone with kids 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.
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