Group protests Catholic bishop for omittance, calling officials to add additional names

THV11 Digital

February 27, 2019

A group of sexual abuse victims rights advocates protested the Little Rock bishop.

They said he “overlooked” three accused clerics on his released list of credible sexual abusers within the clergy in Arkansas. The organization called “SNAP” said three clergy members, with credible sexual abuse allegations against them in other states, also served in Arkansas.

Now they’re calling on Catholic officials to do more outreach and add the additional names to the list.

“They had the potential to harm somebody,” William Lindsey said, who holds a doctoral degree in Catholic theology and volunteers with the “survivor’s network” of abuse by priests. “We want to know why did Bishop Taylor not include those three names on the list and could he explain that and would he agree to add those three names to his list of abusive priests.”

Lindsey said past history proves clergy members who abuse minors in one place will do the same thing somewhere else. So, he said, they should always be monitored.

Arkansas Bishop Anthony Taylor’s “accused” list first came out in September, then updated again this year, after more investigation.

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