Groups Wants S.A. Archdiocese To Release Priest Abuse List
Victims Say Naming Names Will Help Them Heal
KSAT [San Antonio TX]
March 12, 2004
SAN ANTONIO -- A group in San Antonio is pushing to make public a list of priests who are known to have sexually abused children while serving in the San Antonio Archdiocese.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said some victims want to know who the 20 priests were who abused children over the past 50 years.
"Some of these people just want to know if the priest is alive and still serving," said Barbara Garcia-Boehland, of SNAP.
Garcia-Boehland said naming names will help victims heal.
But Deacon Pat Rogers of the San Antonio Archdiocese disagrees.
"We don't believe that a list of names will help people heal," Rogers said. "What possible good, what possible healing, will come from that list?"
Rogers said none of the priests on the list are still serving in the archdiocese. He also said eight names have already been made public for one reason or another, six priests have died, four are out of the country and two are in their 70s.
Rogers added that Carlos Lozano, who was accused of sexually abusing Garcia-Boehland's son, is on the list. The KSAT 12 Defenders caught up with Lozano working at a Wal-Mart in Kingsville recently.
But the Rev. Alfredo Prado, a notorious Oblate priest who is in exile in Costa Rica, is not on the list.
Rogers said no one came forward to file a sexual allegation against Prado.
The Defenders found that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Diocese of Tuscon, Ariz., and the Diocese of Phoenix released its list of sexually abusive priests.
Dioceses in Toledo, Ohio, Trenton, N.J. and Anchorage, Alaska, are considering releasing lists.
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