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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ireland seeks extradition of priest from Indiana; sex abuse victims respond

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)

We applaud Irish authorities for pursuing this case and American authorities for cooperating. It's crucial that child molesters realize that the mere passage of time is no guarantee you'll get by with your devastating crimes. It's also crucial that those who protect and enable child molesters get this same message.

We hope this move brings some measure of consolation to anyone who may have been hurt by Fr. Markey. We also hope it will encourage others who've been wounded by Markey or other clerics to come forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.

Finally, we hope that Ft. Wayne's bishop will use his considerable resources (diocesan website, diocesan newspaper, parish bulletins, etc.) to alert his flock about Markey. It's possible Markey has molested Indiana kids, and it's the duty of Ft. Wayne's bishop to be a compassionate shepherd and reach out to them, offering comfort and help.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around since 1988 and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003),0,4175033.story

Ireland seeks extradition of priest from Indiana

Associated Press - November 11, 2009

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - An 81-year-old Catholic priest living in northern Indiana faces possible extradition to Ireland on charges that he raped a teenage boy in 1968.

A federal magistrate on Tuesday ordered that the Rev. Francis Markey remain jailed pending extradition proceedings. U.S. marshals arrested Markey at his South Bend home.

When the magistrate asked Markey whether he had any questions, he responded "I'm at a loss" and that he's had a stroke.

The Irish charges against Markey allege he raped a 15-year-old boy during a religious pilgrimage in County Donegal and again after his father's funeral in County Galway.

The magistrate set a Nov. 16 hearing to give Markey time to hire a lawyer.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the University of Notre Dame say Markey isn't affiliated with them.

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