Abuse Group Urges Withholding Money from Diocese

By Michael Miller
Journal Star [Peoria IL]
November 14, 2006

Peoria - Accusing Bishop Daniel Jenky of not caring "about the lost and wounded sheep," representatives of a support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy urged Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Peoria today to stop giving money to their parishes.

Jeff Jones, leader of the Peoria affiliate of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said Jenky has "ignored our request that he more aggressively reach out to victims."

The group recently asked Jenky and then parishes to have support-group meetings announced in churches, which Jenky then instructed pastors not to do.

Jones urged parishioners to give money to schools or other charities rather than parishes and the diocese.

A response from the diocese is being sought.

Read more about this story in Wednesday's Journal Star.



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