Two Sacramento Diocese priests accused of child sexual abuse returned to ministry; SNAP is concerned
On Monday the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento announced on its website that two clerics accused of child sexual abuse were returned to ministry. According to the statement released by Bishop Jaime Soto, both Fr. Daniel Madigan and Fr. Maurice O'Brien were cleared by the Diocese's Independent Review Board. The Board "determined that there was not sufficient evidence to indicate abuse had occurred and recommended each priest be returned to ministry immediately." We remain concerned for the safety of parishioners and the public.
Our concerns are compounded because, as we said last summer, we believe that the public should always be notified when new allegations are received. The simple truth is that the majority of survivors are no longer active members of the Catholic Church, nor is Diocesan "News" a place where a victim looking for information about a perpetrator is likely to look. We again recommend that Bishop Jaime Soto make all such announcements directly to the media and also include a section on his list of "credibly accused" clergy for such accusations.
CONTACT: Dorothy Small, SNAP Sacramento Area Leader, ([email protected], 530-908-3676 ), Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator ([email protected], 925-708-6175), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected], 267-261-0578), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)