Accused Catholic Priest Back in Ministry; SNAP Worries about the Safety of Children
(For Immediate Release April 7, 2022)
Rev. Martin H. Demek was preaching again at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Bolton Hill, one year after he was placed on leave following an accusation of child sexual abuse. SNAP is worried that the Archdiocese of Baltimore is putting children at risk by returning Fr. Demek to ministry.
SNAP believes the brave survivor who came forward because we know that false allegations of child sexual abuse are extremely rare. While we understand that law enforcement did not file any charges against Fr. Demek, we strongly suspect that this was because the accusations were beyond the statute of limitations, nothing more.
Countless times in the past, Catholic officials have "cleared' clerics and put them back into parishes, only later having to remove them again when additional accusations are reported. We are concerned that this history could repeat itself in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
We beg anyone who may have suffered, seen, or suspected child sex crimes in the Baltimore Archdiocese to summon the strength to speak up. Today's children are safer when adults are courageous enough to call police, prosecutors, therapists, or support groups like ours with information or suspicions about the sexual abuse of boys and girls.
CONTACTS: David Lorenz, SNAP Maryland ([email protected], 301-906-9161), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected], 267-261-0578), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)