Archbishop Ignored Warnings about Predator Priest; Recommended Wadeson to San Francisco Archdiocese
Pacific News Center
August 7, 2014
Guam - The Survivors Network Against Those Abused by Priests [SNAP] has issued another statement accusing Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron of ignoring warnings about the predator allegations against Father John Wadeson, and then recommending Father Wadeson to the San Francisco Archdiocese.
The latest SNAP release points out that the attorney for the Los Angels Archdiocese had warned Archbishop Apuron in 2011 that Father Wadeson had been accused of abusing 2 children in the 1970s, and that he had been banned from acting as a priest in the LA Archdiocese.
Yet, the Archbishop gave Father Wadeson a recommendation to practice his ministry in San Francisco, says SNAP. The San Francisco Archdiocese later revoked Father Wadeson from ministry after Archbishop Apuron himself removed Wadeson from active ministry here on Guam.
SNAP is calling on Archbishop Apuron to release the names of all accused clerics who have worked in the Archdiocese, turn over priest files to police and prosecutors, and reach out to all parishes, urging victims to report abuse to the police, not the archdiocese.
READ the release from SNAP below:
Victims blast archbishop: Come clean about priest; He knew about banned cleric, sex abuse allegations; LA lawyers even called and warned him, but Archbishop told San Francisco cleric had "good standing"; Come clean, protect kids, SNAP says
Victims of child sex abuse are asking why the Guam Archbishop ignored warnings about a predator priest and kept the priest in active and prominent ministry. They are also demanding direct action to prevent future abuse and cover-ups.
Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), the nation's largest support group for men and women abused in religious and institutional settings, are questioning why Hagatna Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron allowed Fr. John H. Wadeson to remain in ministry after allegations of sex abuse against him became well known.
According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Wadeson has been accused of abuse by two children in the 1970 and has been banned from acting as a priest there.
Members of SNAP are blasting Apuron's reckless behavior and demanding concrete action.
"How can Apuron claim to be a good and pastoral shepherd to his flock when he knowingly allowed a known predator to have a position of great power?" said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director. "How many warnings does Apuron need before he takes any action to protect children? It seems he only responds to embarrassment."
The group says that Apuron must release the names of all accused clerics who have worked in the Archdiocese, turn over priest files to police and prosecutors, and reach out to all parishes, urging victims to report abuse to the police, not the archdiocese.
Wadeson's current whereabouts are unknown.
"Apuron also needs to take responsibility for cutting Wadeson loose. We have no idea where Wadeson is and communities can't be warned. Instead of using the pulpit to minimize Wadeson's crimes, Apuron needs to use it to promote public safety and protect children."
[he Wadeson issue is only one of many current scandals in the Hagatna Archdiocese. Lay leaders recently held a press conference to dispute claims of financial mismanagement [ http://www.pacificnewscenter.com ]
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )
Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com )
Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org )