Victims Group Asks Why Priest's Name Wasn't Posted

WHO [Dubuque IA]
October 11, 2006

Dubuque, Iowa A victims support group says it had to publish the name of a priest accused of sexual abuse before the Archdiocese of Dubuque added the name to its list of accused clerics.

The Iowa chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says it named the Reverend Robert Marcantonio, who died in 1999, in pamphlets handed out in Ames last month. The priest's name showed up on the archdiocese's list five days later.

SNAP is questioning why it took their action to get the archdiocese to post the name on its Web site. The group believes the names of all clerics accused of sex abuse should be made public.

The archdiocese's policy is to only publish the names of clerics who have been publicly identified as sexual abusers.


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