Friday, September 12, 2008

Archdiocese disparages family member of victim of abuse

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 12, 2008

Statement by: Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, (314 503 0003)

Disclosing anything about relatives of a 3-year-old victim is, at best,
inappropriate and more accurately, morally wrong. The Archdiocese should
never have made disparaging statements about a family member of a victim
of sexual abuse.

This family has suffered enough. It's wrong and hurtful in any way try
to deflect blame from the pedophile priest on to any of them.

We believe this is a deliberate effort by the Archdiocese to try and
silence other victims and witnesses. It's wrong and we hope it will
backfire.

We frankly don't believe church officials were powerless to stop this
predator from fleeing the United States. Church official should have
insisted he give them his passport the minute the police were notified.

The Archdiocese leaders also should have notified the public and
parishioners immediately as soon as they knew the police were involved.
They should have begged any other victims and witnesses to come forward.

Instead, the officials of the Archdiocese did what they always do: they
kept everything secret.

We are here to state the obvious. The Archdiocese should take
responsibility for allowing Fr Montero to flee the United States when he
was facing allegations of sexually abusing a 3-year-old child. They
should reach out to others who might have been hurt. And they should
tell parishioners that it is their civic and Christian duty to report
any information or suspicions to police.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the largest
and oldest support group for those abused by clergy. Website:
SNAPnetwork.org.

Contact:
David Clohessy of St Louis, SNAP National Director, 314 566 9790
Bob Schwiderski of Wayzata, SNAP Minnesota Director, 952 471 3422
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President, 312 399 4747
Email: SNAPdorris@gmail.com

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