Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
Recent Cases Show Church Officials
Have Not Reformed
1) In January, the Grand Rapids bishop claimed he just 'found'
a 1993 admission of child sexual abuse by Fr. David LeBlanc in the diocesan
files. He suspended LeBlanc, but took no action to determine who else
in the diocese knew of the admission and kept silent, enabling a known
predator to stay in active parish ministry for 14 years (and five years
after the bishops' much-touted 'Dallas charter' was passed.)
2) In Fresno, CA, a civil trial was held in November 2006.
Fr. Swearingen was accused of molested Juan Rocha as a boy. The jury found
Swearingen guilty. (They deadlocked on whether church officials knew about
the abuse.) But the Fresno bishop is keeping Swearingen in active parish
ministry even now.
3) In Los Angeles, church and school officials were questioned by police
about current child sex abuse allegations against John Malburg. Malburg
was a Catholic hi school principal from a politically prominent family.
The archdiocese didn't suspend him. They told no one about the investigation.
Six months later, Malburg was arrested and criminally charged. Parents
asked church officials "Why didn't you tell us? Why didn't you suspend
him?" Cardinal Mahony's guy told the LA Times "Law enforcement
told us to keep quiet." The next day, in the LA Times, prosecutors
said they never made any such request.
4) In Yakima, the local newspaper reported that Fr. Darell Mitchell, who'd
been caught with naked photos of young boys on his computer, was quietly
working in a St. Louis parish with a parochial school. It turned out to
be true. And it was the second time in a year that a sexually troubled
priest from another state was transferred to this one inner city St. Louis
parish. In neither case was anyone warned.
Post-Intelligencer (AP) 12.21.06;
Herald-Republic 1.07.07 (2nd);
Louis Post Dispatch 1.12.07