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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
NY archbishop running to head America’s prelates
Sex abuse victims urge that he be defeated next week
In August, Dolan “quietly & deceptively” let pedophile resign
And instead of ousting predator, Dolan let him “mislead his flock”
At least ten men accuse prominent Harlem cleric of molesting them
Deceit leaves some church members in doubt and kids at risk, group says
SNAP: “Electing and promoting Dolan would send hurtful message to victims & Catholics”
They will also prod Catholics & citizens to
In late August, Dolan quietly Msgr. Wallace Harris resign as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo parish in Harlem. Dolan made mention no of the multiple and credible child sex abuse allegations against Harris or Harris’ suspension because of the accusations two years before. And Dolan refused to notify the public of his move or Harris’ crimes.
Just days later, SNAP learned of and publicly disclosed Dolan’s maneuver, calling it “reckless, deceptive and hurtful.” SNAP also made public two deceitful letters to the Harlem church-goers. One letter was by Dolan. The other was from Harris. Neither letter mentioned the words “child sex abuse allegation,” much less acknowledged that at least ten men have come forward reporting that Harris sexually assaulted them in the 1970s and 1980s.
Such callousness and deceit, SNAP feels, should disqualify Dolan from heading America’s bishops.
Several of Harris’ victims have reported to police and prosecutors (but the criminal statute of limitations has expired). None have filed civil lawsuits. No church official denies their abuse reports. And based on those reports, Harris was suspended. These facts, SNAP maintains, speak to the credibility and motives of the victims.
Harris was temporarily suspended in 2008 after a former police officer, Eric Crumbley, reported that Harris repeatedly molested him as a child. (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 516 304 0435)
St. Charles Borromeo is the home parish of New York Governor David Patterson. Harris was the event coordinator for Pope Benedict's Sunday afternoon Mass at Yankee Stadium earlier in 2008.
Copies of the letters from Dolan and Harris are available here:
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests