S.N.A.P. Says Yakima Catholic Diocese Is Not Doing Enough to Make Amends for Past Abuse

June 10, 2008

YAKIMA, Wash. — Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests delivered a letter to the Yakima Catholic Diocese Tuesday afternoon, accusing the church of covering up abuse by former clergy members.

The letter was addressed to the Diocese's Bishop Carlos Sevilla. It urged Sevilla to do three things:

- "To permanently post on his dicesan website the names, photos and whereabouts of current and former church employees, who are proven, admitted, and credibly accused molesters".

- "To personally visit the parishes where they worked, disclose what he knows about their crimes, and beg victims and witnesses to come forward, get help, and call police".

- "To buy ads in two countries where Yakima clerics now live — warning parents and parishoners about the potentially dangerous men".

Those two clerics are Jose Estrada, who was deported to Columbia, and Aaron Ramirez, who is believed to be living in Mexico.

Diocese spokesperson, Father Robert Siler, says, "We're doing some outreach. We've been consulting with a retired police officer, who is skilled in investigating sexual abuse cases and also a clinical psychologist".

Siler says Bishop Sevilla has already agreed to meet with a member of S.N.A.P. in the near future.


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