Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Adds More Names to their List of Abusive Clerics
We are disappointed that Springfield MO Catholic officials are just now posting names of credibly accused abusive clerics that we publicly exposed months ago. We are also frustrated that Bishop Edward Rice refuses to give photos, whereabouts and full work histories of these men, helpful information that would better protect children.
There's one key question that we would like answered: how long have church officials in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau kept these names hidden? These decisions only keep communities in the dark and needlessly put children and vulnerable adults at risk.
We hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes, misdeeds or cover ups by these clerics will call independent sources of help, like police, therapists and support groups like ours.
(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)