Austria - Victims applaud conviction of Austrian predator priest
For immediate release Wednesday, July 3
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, [email protected] 314-862-7688
An Austrian court has charged Alfons August Mandorfer, a Catholic priest from Kremsmuenster, Austria, with sexually and physically abusing dozens of boys and has sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
We commend the brave victims who testified against Mandorfer leading to his conviction and disabling him from bringing harm to others.
We also hope it will encourage others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward, expose predators, protect kids and start healing. It’s always tempting to keep quiet about child sex crimes – whether known or suspected. However, it’s also always irresponsible. Kids are only safe when adults are brave and caring enough to speak up.