Group Seeks Abusers' IDs

Orlando Sentinel
November 8, 2006

Miami -- An advocacy group for people abused by clergy has asked the Catholic 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 Monday that 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.

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.


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