The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims blast bishop
They release 110 pages of church records about predator
Secret documents have never been publicly exposed before
Therapist said he had “sex disorder” but priest kept on working
Catholic officials talk of "embarrassment" & "sensitive situations"
Group alleges that pedophile's personnel file has been "sanitized"
Self help organization begs others with information to step forward
Afterwards, they'll try to hand deliver a letter to Orlando church officials urging them to
And the victims will beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered the pedophile’s crimes to call police and start healing.
Mena was in the news just last week when another lawsuit against him was filed.
In a nine-page 1994 therapist’s report, Mena is diagnosed as having a sexual disorder. It also determines there’s likely “substantial truth” to two child sex abuse allegations against him. Yet church officials quietly moved him to Immaculate Conception parish in Jacksonville where he remained until 2002.
The documents also include allegations of financial irregularities. But for more than 11 years, there are absolutely no records in Mena’s files, which is highly unusual. SNAP believes Orlando church officials ‘scrubbed’ the files before turning them over to one of Mena’s victims in litigation.
SNAP wants Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski “aggressively reach out” to others Mena may have hurt in Florida. SNAP also believes there’s a possibility that any Florida victims or witnesses might be able to initiate more prosecution of Mena or get law enforcement to pursue and extradite him.
The group says next weekend, Wenski should start personally going to each parish near where Mena worked and emphatically beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police and get help.
Church officials say Mena worked in four parishes in the Orlando diocese: Epiphany in Port Orange and St. Paul in Daytona Beach in the 1960s; Resurrection in Winter Garden in the 1970s; and Blessed Sacrament in Clermont in the 1980s. His victims are represented by Miami attorney Adam Horowitz (305 931 2200).
Last year, SNAP blasted Wenski for keeping silent about the settlement of two abuse lawsuits against Fr. James Vallely (who lives in the Orlando area) and Brother Jorge Acosta (who worked for the church in Orlando, saw an Orlando therapist for at least 1.5 year and played in an Orlando area band). The organization has also criticized Wenski for his deception surrounding allegations against Fr. Carlos Bedoya.
In 2007, Bedoya was quietly suspended from active ministry in Deltona. A Volusia County sheriff’s complaint charges that Bedoya “participated in sexual battery against a man” along with a Catholic seminarian. But Wenski wrote parishioners that “personal issues” had arisen for Bedoya. And earlier, diocesan chancellor told a reporter that “(Bedoya’s removal) is not due to inappropriate behavior with minors, or children, or anything like that." (The next day, media accounts disclosed that Bedoya and a seminarian were under criminal investigation for the recent rape of a man.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests