|Accused Priest Worked in Pearsall in 1986.
By Abe Levy
February 28, 2011
The Archdiocese of San Antonio revealed in an online posting Sunday that Father Theo Clerx worked in a fourth parish during his ministry in the area.
The statement by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller was in response to a San Antonio Express-News story the day before about Clerx, who is accused in a lawsuit against the archdiocese of sexually abusing four sisters, including raping one of them when she was a young altar server at St. John Berchmans Catholic Church in the early 1990s.
A parish directory showed Clerx worked there and at St. Jude in San Antonio and at St. Joseph in Devine. In the online notice, the archdiocese said he also worked at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Pearsall in 1986. He died in 2003.
Garcia-Siller wrote in the statement of the need for hope and prayer for the healing of the alleged victims. He also stressed the ongoing training conducted throughout the archdiocese to protect children from sexual abuse.
He said the archdiocese is working to achieve the goals of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and he asked people who had concerns or questions to contact Clerx's religious order, the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at 703-528-3800 or Steve Martinez, director of the Office of Victim Assistance and Safe Environment, at 210-734-7786 or 877-700-1888.
A similar notice is planned for bulletins Sunday at the four parishes where Clerx worked.
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