Priest from Catholic Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend resigns amid allegations of child sexual abuse; SNAP is concerned
The Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend announced today that Fr. David Huneck has resigned following an allegation he sexually abused a minor. The priest was only ordained in June of 2018, having previously worked in pastoral ministry and as a deacon. Fr. Huneck was assigned as pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City and also as chaplain of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne.
To us, these allegations are a grave concern given the brief assignment period and young age of this priest. We know that false allegations of child sexual abuse are extremely rare, and we suspect that the accusations will fall within the criminal statute of limitations. We hope the Diocese holds true to its statement of cooperation with authorities, and we encourage law enforcement to act swiftly to investigate. A resignation does little to protect children. Since we also know that those who commit crimes against boys and girls rarely have just one victim, we believe that there may be others who were hurt by Fr. Huneck who are still suffering alone and in silence. Quick action by law enforcement would assure those potential victims that their outcry will be taken seriously and that their voices will be safely heard.
Similarly, we also urge Catholic officials in the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend to aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes at the hands of Fr. Huneck, or any others in the Diocese.
(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)