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Clergy sex abuse victims leaflet about new perpetrator

They want open meetings at every parish where predator worked or lived

SNAP asks church members to help them find “others who’ve been hurt”

Catholics should urge Cardinal to put cleric in treatment center, group feels

And suspended priest's parishioners must “stop saying hurtful things," victims say

WHAT: As Catholic church-goers enter/leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers urging parishioners to
--- ask everyone they know if they were abused by a recently ‘outed’ Chicago pedophile priest &
--- invite victims to speak at local churches about how to react when priests are suspected of abuse.

The group especially wants Catholics at 5 local churches where the recently ‘outed’ predator worked to hold open public meetings and discuss how to best find others who were molested.

They will also
-- blast church officials for staying silent about allegations against the priest for six months, and
-- prod Chicago’s Cardinal George to personally visit each church where the suspended predator worked, begging those with knowledge of his misdeeds to come forward.

WHEN: Sunday, Nov.22 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Outside Holy Name Cathedral, On State Street at Superior Street (just south of Chicago Ave.)

WHO: Three or four members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) including a Chicago social worker who is the organization’s founder

DETAILS: Last week, the Chicago archdiocese disclosed that credible child sex abuse allegations led to the suspension from public ministry of Fr. Edward Maloney. But days later, church officials were also forced to admitt that Maloney had actually been removed quietly back in May.

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.

SNAP also believes that Catholic parishioners have a moral duty to help find and console others hurt by Maloney. Often, however, church-goers immediately rally around accused priests, SNAP says, which intimidates others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy crimes into staying silent.

During mass two Sundays ago, 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 every 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. Neither has filed a lawsuit and both are remaining anonymous.

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.

http://www.chicagocatholicnews.com/2009/11/new-chicago-priest-accused-of-abuse.html
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/11/archdiocese-finds-evidence-priest-abused-a-child.html
http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/1881132,priest-accused-sex-abuse-111209.article#Comments_Container

CONTACT
Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, Barbara Dorris, 314-503-0003, David Clohessy, 314-566-9790


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
www.snapnetwork.org
 


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