The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Thursday, April 21, 2011
LI accused predator priest is suspended; SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])
It’s not good enough to notify an accused predator priest’s current parishioners about child sex abuse allegations. Murphy should have alerted the public and all parishioners – throughout the diocese – about these serious charges. That’s what a responsible decision maker would do: reach out to the broadest audience possible so that others who could shed light on these accusations might be notified.
Let’s hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Edward R. D’Andrea’s crimes will find the courage and strength to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])
Abuse Allegations Against Local Priest Surface
RVC Diocese places Reverend Edward R. D’Andrea on administrative leave.
By Emily Portoghese | April 20, 2011
The Rev. Edward R. D’Andrea, pastor of Our Lady of the Snow parish in Blue Point, was placed on “administrative leave” recently following allegations of “abuse,” the Diocese of Rockville Centre (DRVC) confirmed in a letter obtained by Patch.
News of D’Andrea’s administrative leave was first brought to light to parishioners during Mass this past weekend on Palm Sunday, the start of the holiest week in the Roman Catholic religion.
Bishop William Murphy, head of the diocese, sent Bishop Peter Libasci to the Blue Point church to inform churchgoers of the situation involving the man many local residents know as Father Ed.
Sean P. Dolan, director of communications for the DRVC, said the diocese received an allegation of abuse against D’Andrea and consistent with the Dallas Charter, notified law enforcement.
The Dallas Charter Dolan referred to is the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People established at the 2002 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops held in Dallas, Texas. It was instituted to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The charter includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention of future acts of abuse.
It is not known when the allegations against D’Andrea were made and whether the alleged incident(s) took place during his time at Our Lady of the Snow, where he has served as pastor for more than six years.
A Suffolk County Police spokesperson said they were unaware of any investigation or allegation against D’Andrea. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office referred all calls to the police department.
In written statement, Murphy said he was deeply saddened by the news and that D’Andrea will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of a diocesan investigation. Murphy has appointed the Rev. Msgr. John J. Rowan temporary administrator of Our Lady of the Snow.
Ernest Smith, a parish trustee and Blue Point resident, referred to D’Andrea as a friend and mentor.
“He is someone we have all looked toward from a spiritual perspective for many years. We hope this gets resolved in a most expeditious matter,” Smith said. “But at same time we have a mission at the parish, and we need to move forward.”
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests