Group Protests How Priest Sex Abuse Allegations Handled

February 4, 2008

HOUSTON — A group of demonstrators protested Sunday how allegations of sexual abuse involving a priest were handled, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said allegations against Rev. Stephen R. Horn should have been made public sooner than they were.

The group handed out fliers as parishioners left the Sacred Heart

Cathedral in downtown Houston.

The victim, who is now an adult, told church officials in November that Horn abused him from 1989 to 1993, while Horn was pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in north Houston.

"I came here from San Antonio because I lost a son from suicide after being sexually assaulted by a priest," Barbara Garcia Boehlend said. "This stuff being withheld like this is only a danger to the children."

Horn, 63, has been on leave from his current post as pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in southeast Houston since the allegations were made. He had served as pastor of that church, which serves about 3,000 families, since 1994.

A representative for the Galveston-Houston archdiocese said all appropriate procedures and polices were followed.


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