Our View: Little Gained by Exposing Abusers on Sex Offender List

Duluth News Tribune
February 13, 2008 user=login&return_page=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eduluthnewstribune%2Ecom%2Farticles%2Findex%2Ecfm%3Fid%3D60171

A former Duluth Catholic priest — former in the sense that he is no longer a priest, no longer Catholic and no longer living in Duluth — convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy 12 years ago has resurfaced as an office-holder in the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota.

Also, the Minnesota Episcopal Church has allowed a former priest of its own who molested an 8-year-old boy in Texas to lead a retreat in Collegeville, Minn.

Is the Episcopal Diocese hiding something or sheltering other sexual offenders under the cover of the cloth?

That's what the public has a right to know, says the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the group that outed the pair Monday. In a protest at the diocese's Minneapolis headquarters, the group called on the church hierarchy "to warn their flocks about both predators and to 'come clean' about any other proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesters who have worked or do work nearby," a SNAP statement read.


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