The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Another Philly predator priest suspended, SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Dorris Outreach director 314 862 7688
Let’s hope that both recent Catholic sexual misconduct cases in Philly will remind parishioners and the public that it's crucial to be vigilant, not complacent, about the safety of children in the church.
And let’s hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered Ayres' crimes will come forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members across the globe. 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747), Mark Serrano (703 727 4940), Peter Isely (414 429 7259), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003)
Posted on Tue, Nov. 23, 2010
Philadelphia priest accused of sexual abuse of child
By WILLIAM BENDER - Philadelphia Daily News - firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-5255
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday that a 39-year-old priest has been removed from his duties at two parishes amid an allegation that, while attending seminary, he sexually abused a child.
The news follows Friday's announcement that the Rev. Geraldo Pinero had stepped down as pastor of Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in Olney after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents produced a search warrant at the parish rectory.
Yesterday, the Archdiocese said the Rev. William G. Ayres, pastor of St. Michael parish in North Philadelphia, had recently been accused of abusing a minor in the mid-1990s while Ayres was attending St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook.
An announcement was made over the weekend at St. Michael, on 2nd Street near Jefferson, and at Immaculate Conception parish, at Front and Allen streets, Northern Liberties, where Ayres served as parochial administrator, that he had been removed from both posts.
Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Farrell said the Archdiocese had notified the District Attorney's Office, but she declined to comment on the specifics of the allegation.
Ayres was moved on Friday from St. Michael's to Villa Saint Joseph, in Darby, a home for retired priests, including some who have been accused of sexual abuse.
Ayres, who was ordained in 1999, served at Incarnation of Our Lord from 1999 to '02, at St. Katharine Drexel in Chester in '02 and '03, and in the Office for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees from '03 to '07. He also was coordinator of the Laotian Apostolate from '01 to '03.
The Daily News was unable to reach him for comment yesterday, and a monsignor at Villa Saint Joseph declined to relay a message to him.
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