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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cardinal mishandles another ousted priest

Statement by Barbara Blaine of SNAP 312 399 4747

We commend the brave victim who has come forward, exposed a predator and helped protect kids. We hope he or she realizes what a heroic step he or she has taken.

At the same time, we’re very disappointed in George’s continuing callousness and secrecy surrounding clergy sex crimes.

According to the archdiocesan website, Maloney was allegedly removed from parish ministry six months ago, though we see no evidence that any announcement was made at that time.

http://www.archchicago.org/c_s_abuse/report_032006/list.pdf

Back in May, the Cardinal should have
-- announced Maloney’s removal, and
-- urged victims and witnesses to call police.

Had George acted quickly and responsibly, and publicly disclosed the allegations against Maloney, this predator might be behind bars now. Instead, George’s irresponsible secrecy has given this predator months to fabricate alibis, destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses and even perhaps keep molesting kids. George’s six month silence is inexcusably reckless.

This week, the Cardinal should have
-- gone to St. Mark’s himself to announce this move, and
-- disclosed these credible allegations to the public (not just one parish).

It shouldn’t take six months to determine whether, in the archdiocese’s words, “there is reasonable cause to suspect that sexual abuse of a minor occurred.”

Any preliminary probe would have gone much faster had George honored his pledge of ‘openness’ and just announced, in May or soon thereafter, that Maloney had been accused.

When a predator priest is removed, we believe it’s the Cardinal’s duty to personally and promptly visit each parish where a pedophile priest worked. George should gently but firmly beg anyone with knowledge of the alleged crimes to call law enforcement. But even now, seven years after the child sex abuse and cover up scandal became widely documented, George continues to do the absolute bare minimum.

We hope the Cardinal’s callousness will prompt others who saw, suspected or suffered Maloney’s crimes to come forward and get help from independent sources. Anyone with information about his wrong-doing should call police or prosecutors immediately.

There are now roughly 100 Chicago archdiocesan priests who are proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesters. When George acts recklessly and callously in these cases, it’s not ignorance, it’s just plain recklessness and callousness.

A copy of a letter from an archdiocesan bureaucrat is below. This past weekend, it was supposedly read at one of the churches where Maloney worked. (This letter appeared on the archdiocesan website today.)


November 7, 2009

Dear St. Mark Parishioners,

I am writing to you so that I can share important information regarding one of your former pastors, Father Edward Maloney. Several months ago, officials at the Archdiocese received an allegation involving sexual abuse of a minor. The independent Review Board of the Archdiocese completed its inquiry regarding the allegations against Fr. Maloney and determined that there is reasonable cause to suspect that sexual abuse of a minor occurred. Cardinal George has accepted the Review Board’s findings and their recommendation that Fr. Maloney not engage in any form of ministry and that appropriate restrictions be imposed in accordance with Archdiocesan policies and procedures.

Father Maloney’s case will now be sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican for its review and determination.

I ask you to join me in praying for all people in need of the Lord’s peace and healing; for the victim who brought this concern to the Archdiocese, for all those affected by the horror of sexual abuse, and for Fr. Maloney. At this difficult time, I want to assure you of my prayers, and those of Cardinal George, for all of you at St. Mark Parish. Please let us keep each other in prayer.

God bless you and thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. John R. Manz
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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