Monsignor from Archdiocese of San Antonio Removed due to Allegations of Abuse, SNAP Responds
A monsignor from the Archdiocese of San Antonio was removed due to multiple allegations that he abused both children and adult parishioners. We applaud the brave survivors for coming forward and exposing this man’s behavior and call on local church officials to pull out the stops in spreading the information and encouraging other survivors to come forward and make a report to police.
The Archdiocese of San Antonio did the right thing by removing Msgr. Davalos’ faculties so he cannot exercise ministry within the SA archdiocese. However, merely “requesting that he refrain from all ministry during an investigation into the allegations” leaves us considerable concern about the welfare of children and vulnerable adults in our community. We believes that the archdiocese should not attempt to investigate an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult since it lacks the training and expertise to do so, but should allow law enforcement to do their job and encourage these and any other survivors to report any sexual abuse or misconduct to the local district attorney’s office or local police.
We call on church officials in San Antonio to make available to the public the current location of this accused priest and his proximity to public spaces where children may be at risk. They should also be fully transparent regarding the offenses of this priest, past and present, as the more that parishioners and the community know, the better they can protect themselves and others at risk. It is the perfect time, in fact, to educate the community about imbalanced power relationships and the subtle coercion or psychological grooming that is involved when someone in a position of power abuses his authority.
SNAP commends the survivors for coming forward as their bravery ensures that no one children or vulnerable adults will be hurt by Msgr. Davalos. We are here to support them along with any other survivors of clergy abuse here in San Antonio. Any survivors can contact Patti Koo at [email protected] or 956-648-7385 for support or information on local support group meetings.
(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)