Victims of clergy sexual abuse will leaflet the Santa Fe Cathedral urging the Archbishop to update abusive clergy list
Group calls for the release of documents for the list
SNAP fears some credibly accused members of the clergy still have access to kids
Clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out flyers to parishioners asking them to urge Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester to update the list of all those in his archdiocese who have been accused of abusing children on his website and to post all the documents concerning these cases. The leaflets ask church-goers to join the advocates in pressing the archbishop to take this important step.
Sunday, February 4, at 12:30 PM
Outside the Cathedral of Saint Francis Assisi in Santa Fe, 131 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Victims of clergy sexual abuse and their supporters who are members of a support group called SNAP (SNAPnetwork.org), including the group’s Executive Director
The Catholic bishops in the United States have reported receiving allegations of abuse by 6,528 priests alone from 1950 to 2015. However, Bishop Accountability, the watchdog group independently documenting the abuse crisis, has found public records for only 4,220 clergy, nuns, brothers and seminarians.
The more than 2,000 “hidden predators” who have not yet been publicly revealed pose a potential danger to not only Catholic children, but to all young people. SNAP believes those responsible for children should know who all the accused are in order to better protect them.
Survivors and their supporters will be leafletting outside the Santa Fe Cathedral today to enlist the support of parishioners in urging Archbishop John Wester to update the list of credibly accused clergy and to make public all the documents concerning these clerics.
Since the Archdiocese of Santa Fe entered the ranks of those who list the accused on diocesan websites, SNAP has found at least two more names that should be added.
Father Christopher Kerr, a Franciscan priest, who was accused of sexually molesting a student at St. Catherine Indian School in the 1980s.
When the list was published it was discovered that at least one cleric was working with access to children, a Dennis Hull, former Franciscan Brother who had been accused of abusing students at an Indian school 40 years earlier. There are no known complaints against the man other than the two from his tenure as a Franciscan Brother. However, he apparently had access to members of a vulnerable population until the employer learned of the allegations and the former brother tendered his resignation.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Diana Abeyta 505-469-8768 firstname.lastname@example.org
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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