The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims leaflet parish where priest was just ousted
Group blasts Catholic officials for “on-going recklessness & secrecy”
They urge anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered” abuse to come forward
Archdiocese removed credibly accused cleric six months ago but kept it quiet
That gave predator time to shred evidence & intimidate victims, SNAP maintains
SNAP begs victims and witnesses to “do your civic and moral duty – speak up!”
They will also prod
SNAP is highly critical of both the secrecy and the delayed announcement, because both moves gave Maloney six months to intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, destroy evidence, and fabricate alibis. It also enabled the alleged child molesting cleric to remain around kids.
During last Sunday’s mass at St. Mark’s, a letter from Auxiliary Bishop John Manz was read to St. Mark’s parishioners. (It’s now on the archdiocesan website). SNAP believes Cardinal Francis George should personally visit St. Mark’s and every other place Maloney has worked, begging victims and witnesses to step forward.
SNAP believes that had George acted responsibly and disclosed the allegations against Maloney promptly, Maloney might be behind bars now.
Maloney’s two alleged victims are now reportedly in their late 30s and early 40s, according to a church spokeswoman.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Maloney worked at St. Marks for 21 years. He was also assigned to four suburban parishes: St. Simeon in Bellwood, St. David’s in Bridgeport, Santa Maria del Popolo in Mundelein and Mission San Juan Diego in Arlington Heights. Besides St. Mary’s, he worked at three other Chicago parishes: St. Columbkille’s on the west side, St. Ambrose’s on E. 47th, and Precious Blood on W. Congress Parkway. Maloney also taught at Quigley Preparatory Seminary.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests