SNAP pushing for public awareness of abuse by priests
By Sean Evan, Jan 25, 2016, wtvm.com
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says they want the public to be aware of seven credibly accused Catholic clerics who have worked in Georgia, but haven't been publicly called out until now.
The SNAP representatives WTOC spoke to want the names of those priests out there, in case there are any victims who might not have come forward yet. SNAP representatives gave WTOC the names of seven clerics who at one time worked in Georgia, some in the Diocese of Savannah, who have been credibly accused of crimes against children in other states, but not necessarily Georgia.
"They have all worked here. They are not necessarily Savannah diocesan priests. But order priests like Jesuits, move freely about the country. And if they are working here, they only work here with the permission of the bishop. And so therefore, he is responsible for crimes they committed here,” said SNAP Outreach Director Barbara Dorris.
Most notably of the seven, a Father Donald McGuire, a convicted Jesuit priest who was Mother Teresa's spiritual advisor, according to SNAP. McGuire led . . .
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