Catholic Priest Accused of Abuse Chosen to Fly Above Diocese and Spread Prayers, SNAP Reacts
A Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse in a lawsuit by a young seminarian was recently given the honor of flying in a plane above the Diocese of Camden in order to spread prayers from the air for all those affected by the coronavirus. We can only wonder why, out of all the priests in the Diocese, a man who has been accused of sexual abuse was the one chosen.
Situations like these continue to demonstrate how Catholic officials simply do not understand how this looks to survivors. By elevating – literally – a man who has been accused of abuse instead of one of the many clerics who have worked without complaint, Church leaders in Camden appear to show that they care only about allegations of abuse if they are making headlines. It is disturbing that a PR attempt at a feel-good story was centered around someone with a history of allegations of abuse.
As Catholic officials continue to demonstrate their obtuseness, we hope this story will encourage any victim who has yet to come forward to report to police, not Catholic officials.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)