Group Seeks Names of Priests Accused of Abuse
By Madeline Baro Diaz
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 7, 2006
An advocacy group for people abused by clergy has asked the Archdiocese of Miami to reveal the names of all priests who have committed sexual abuse.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said on Monday it faxed and mailed a letter to Archbishop John Favalora asking him to release the names of all proven, admitted or "credibly accused" clergy within the archdiocese. It was one of several requests it has made, the group said.
They also asked the archdiocese to reveal the status of those priests, to publish the information and to visit all the parishes where the priests served.SNAP plans to make a similar request of the Diocese of Palm Beach.
The group connected its latest requests to the case of former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, the Republican who resigned from Congress after the discovery of his sexually explicit Internet exchanges with young male pages.
Foley said that when he was 13 he was molested by the Rev. Anthony Mercieca, who between 1965 and 2002 served in parishes from Homestead to North Palm Beach. Mercieca admitted he fondled Foley.
The Archdiocese of Miami said it has not released a list of priests, but has notified parishes where priests accused of sexual abuse have served and encouraged victims to come forward.
Palm Beach diocese spokeswoman Alexis Walkenstein said the names of Palm Beach diocese priests accused of sexual abuse have become public through media reports.
The diocese also publishes the contact information for its victim assistance coordinator in parish bulletins, she said.
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