Archdiocese of Santa Fe releases names of accused priests, Victims group responds

Archdiocese of Santa Fe releases names of accused priests, Victims group responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP managing director, [email protected]314-503-0003

We are always grateful when an archdiocese releases names of accused priests. However, we must be blunt: Archbishop John Wester and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are not making the names public because of a desire for transparency or pastoral care. They are doing so because of a new law in New Mexico that allows victims of child sexual abuse to make these names public through the civil courts.

For decades, the Archdiocese had been the home of one of the most notorious church-run treatment facilities for clerics accused of molesting children. The former Jemez Springs Servants of the Paraclete facility housed hundreds of men over the years, sent from all over the country for in-patient treatment for sex offenders. Many of these men were allowed to work in parishes in Santa Fe.

If Archbishop John Webster truly cared about transparency, he would have released names years ago. He would have been open and frank about the Jemez Springs facility before the New Mexico law passed. He would have made public all documents about abuse without threats from the civil courts.

We encourage anyone who has been abused to come forward and get help. No matter the abuser and no matter when the abuse occurred. Help is available.


(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 20,000 members. Our website is

Contacts - Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003[email protected]), Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175[email protected]), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434[email protected])

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2017-09-15 10:34:41 -0500
    You are right Barbara.
    The bishop is publishing SOME of the names because the NEW LAW that allows the victims to make the names public through the civil courts. Without that law this would not be happening.
    This is the point. On their own, the priests, the bishops, and the good catholic people would do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. The only way the church will ever reform is if an external force acts upon them (THE LAW) and make them clean up their act. ONLY when the laws are changed -like eliminating the Statute of Limitations for priest sex abuse crimes-will there be justice for the survivors. The Roman Catholic church is an unjust, corrupt organization that needs to be brought into line with basic human decency, law and order.

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