Victims' Group Not Satisfied with Bishop's Announcement

By Caroline Cornish
WCSH [Maine]
January 28, 2007

Advocates for victims of priest sex abuse said they're not satisfied with the way Bishop Richard Malone released the names of 4 priests accused of abuse.

67-year old George Beaudet, 72-year old Frederick Carrigan, 56-year old Michael Plourde and 60-year old Ronald Michaud were all removed from ministry before 2002, but Malone had not released their names because the Vatican has not ruled on their cases. He said he decided to break with that church policy after an accused priest in Delaware who had not been named was charged with another sex abuse crime.

Members of the advocacy group Voice of the Faithful said they wished Malone had spoken up sooner, and they want him to tell people where the priests live, too. One of the accused priests, Michael Plourde, lives right around the corner from his old parish in Biddeford, near a lot of kids.

One of Plourde's alleged victims, who does not want to be identified, said he was shocked and angry Sunday when he found out where Plourde was living.

Plourde has not ministered to a parish since 1994. We were unable to reach him for comment.


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