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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
September 18, 2003
The archbishop owes Catholics and victims an explanation.
Monsignor Pater's case is particularly troubling.
Father Kelley's case is nearly as troubling.
We've endured decades of suffering. We've endured 19 months of horrific disclosures and exposes. Has this archbishop learned nothing from all this pain?
With both of these molesters, the archbishop has made vague promises
to have a panel of lay Catholic volunteers look into these cases
sometime in the future.
The past cannot be undone. No one can magically erase the pain, the stolen years, the shattered innocence we have experienced.
But a compassionate, pastoral leader CAN stop rubbing salt into
That is what we need and expect this archbishop to begin doing.
He can start today, by offering a full, public accounting of the mistakes, his mistakes, that have allowed these two dangerous men to remain around children.
He can start today, by publicly apologizing for these mistakes.
And he can start today, by immediately and permanently removing Pater and Kelley from ministry.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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