|Leaflets Warn Residents about Former Priest
July 10, 2009
Residents of Foreside Estates in Falmouth are learning more information about a neighbor's past. On Friday, members of the Advocates for the Protection of Children stood outside the community, distributing leaflets with information regarding former priest, Father John Audibert.
Bishop Malone removed Audibert from public ministry and sentenced him to a life of prayer and penance after Audibert admitted to sexually abusing a child before a church court. Audibert is not required to register as a sex offender since his case was settled within the church. Advocates for the Protection of Children say Audibert is now living at Foreside Estates...something most of his neighbors didn't seem to know.
The group says it has asked the bishop to post the names and pictures of priests who have admitted to sexual abuse on the diocese's website, but that so far, that has not been done.
The Portland diocese says it has been very transparent about Audibert's story over the past decade, but that it does not release the addresses of any church employee. The diocese also says Audibert is not required by law enforcement to make his address public, since he has not been convicted of any crime. The church says it is considering whether or not to list the names and pictures of priests who have admitted to sexual abuse on its website.
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