The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Newly discovered evidence shows Pope moved slowly with offender
‘Scandal’ fear prompted now-NY archbishop to finally act on admitted predator
Asked in 2003 about child molesting cleric, Ratzinger waited 5 months to respond
Even then, it took Vatican 1.5 years to permanently oust a diagnosed pedophile priest
Boston-based research group is releasing 200 more pages of long-secret records about him
SNAP calls on Benedict and Dolan to apologize and explain their ‘secrecy and recklessness’
The victims will harshly blast NY’s archbishop and the Pope for
And they will call on both prelates to explain and apologize for their delays and secrecy.
The documents also show that then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) delayed more than 1.5 years before officially defrocking Becker. Finally, the records reveal that Dolan kept quiet for two more years about Becker having been defrocked.
Neither prelate, as best SNAP can tell, took any effective action to warn parents or protect kids from the priest.
The 2003 letter shows that Dolan is afraid of “scandal” and writing only because Becker had been arrested in California. Frustrated at how the archdiocese was treating him, in 2005, Becker threatened to “contact the press” with “all that (he) knows.” A Dolan underling wrote “I told him that he knew he wasn’t going to do this (and) that the press wouldn’t give him insurance nor would they even give him much of a check for the information for a story.”
Records show that during Dolan’s tenure, the church gave Becker $10,000 and that he was getting roughly $25,000 each year, even after having been suspended, plus medical and dental coverage.
Church officials got the first report of abuse by Becker in 1963. Twenty years later, they learned he was diagnosed as a pedophile. Still, they let him work in parishes around kids until 2002.
Becker has faced at least three civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits. He worked in the San Diego area, in Wheeling WV (1975) and at St. Louis University (1976) .He is believed to be living in the southeastern Wisconsin town of Mayville.
Dolan was named Archbishop of Milwaukee in June 2002, named Archbishop of New York in February 2009 and was installed in New York in April 2009.
Becker’s victims are represented by Minnesota attorneys Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell) and Mike Finnegan (651 227 9990, 612 205 5531 cell, [email protected]).
SNAP is holding a similar event in Milwaukee today.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests