Abuse Victim Compiles Report on Accused Priests
Minneapolis Star Tribune [Minneapolis MN]
March 24, 2004
A woman who was sexually abused by two priests in the Twin Cities Tuesday released a report listing the names of all Minnesota priests charged with sexual abuse in the last 30 years, along with the parishes they served and their criminal history.
Belinda Martinez, a founder of the Twin Cities chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said that the work took her seven months to complete and is based on newspaper accounts. Unlike reports already issued by Catholic bishops, she said, this one includes names and places that can be easily checked by victims "to help them heal."
Dennis McGrath, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said that the report contains names of some priests who are dead and against whom false accusations were made. People who want information on charges against a particular priest may contact their diocesan office or, in the Twin Cities, the archdiocese's independent victims' consultant, he said.
Martinez said the report should be available soon online at www.survivorsnetworkmn.org.
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