Group Accuses Archdiocese of Acting Too Slow on Priest Sex Abuse Allegations

January 16, 2008

A survivors group is calling on the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to take a tougher stance against a priest accused of sexual abuse.

Last Sunday, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo revealed there is credible evidence Father Stephen Horn abused a child 19 years ago.

Horn has been removed as pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Southeast Houston and the district attorney's office has been contacted.

On Tuesday the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said the archdiocese waited too long to release its findings to the public and police.

"The cardinal has acted with stunning callousness and recklessness by keeping secret about child sex abuse allegations at least two months, possibly longer," said SNAP spokesman David Clohessy.

The archdiocese says it followed appropriate policies and procedures.

But the survivor's network is calling on Cardinal DiNardo to disclose where Father Horn is and to visit each parish where Horn worked, to encourage victims to come forward.


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