Group to share list of accused Catholic clerics


Group to share list of accused Catholic clerics

by Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio

May 1, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests on Tuesday released a list of 130 clerics accused of sexual abuse in the state.

The group delivered the list in May Day baskets to the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Diocese of Winona and the Diocese of New Ulm.

Bob Schwiderski, the group’s director, said most of the people on the list have already been accused through police reports, court documents or media reports.

“There’s been a decision made to bring those names out for the benefit of those still suffering in silence and with a hope that the religious leaders in the Catholic Church in this state realize how important it is to reach out to those same people,” Schwiderski said.

Members also spoke for the first time about a cleric accused of abusing children in Golden Valley, Schwiderski said.

The goal is to bring the incidents out in the open and help victims heal, he said.

“It’s time to stop the silence,” he said. “That’s what we’re doing today by putting the names together that we know of, we’re showing people, we’re showing society, we’re showing our religious leaders: Let’s stop the insanity of hiding this stuff.”

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis issued a statement saying any complaints officials have received are made known to those affected. The statement also says the list accuses some priests who have already been cleared of wrongdoing.

 

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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