SNAP Calls for List of Jesuit Priests Who Sexually Abused Kids

March 17, 2011

MILWAUKEE -- There is a new call for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus to release a list of all Jesuit priests who sexually abused children.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, delivered a letter to the headquarters of the Jesuit order in Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon.

SNAP is asking the Jesuits to create a public registry of all priests with confirmed reports of abusing children.

The request comes after a former Marquette University High School teacher was permanently removed from the ministry.

The Rev. Perry Robinson worked at MUHS in the 1980s. He was reassigned to a parish in Nebraska after an investigation involving nude photos of students.

Last month, the archbishop of Omaha removed Robinson from the ministry after receiving a new report of abuse from a former MUHS student.

SNAP is also requesting that all records and evidence of sex crimes by priests be turned over to law enforcement.

"I think it's imperative, especially in light of (the Archdiocese of) Milwaukee going through bankruptcy right now, that Archbishop Listecki call on the Jesuit superiors in the city to be transparent and to be forthright with issues of sexual abuse," said John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin's coordinator.

The Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus released a statement Thursday saying in part, "The Wisconsin Province is dedicated to providing and maintaining safe environments in ministry of all and holds itself accountable to the highest standards of ethics in ministry not only with minors, but with all those with whom it works and ministers. The Wisconsin Province receives allegations of abuse openly and compassionately and stands ready to help victims of abuse."


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