SNAP Asks Catholics to Complain to Pope about Molester Priest's Former Archdiocese Job

By Steve Miller

October 20, 2008

[with audio]

CHICAGO (WBBM) - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is asking Roman Catholics to write the Pope to complain that a priest who pled guilty to molestation was allowed to spend time in Chicago working for a branch of the archdiocese.

WBBM's Steve Miller reports

After Rev. Kenneth Martin pled guilty to molesting a teenage boy in Baltimore, Chicago's Francis Cardinal George said Martin wouldn't be coming back to Chicago.

Then came reports that Martin did work for the Chicago archdiocese-owned Liturgy Training Publications and that Martin met with LTP here in Chicago.

Barbara Blaine, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says that should not have been allowed and she faults Cardinal George.

"It only takes a fraction of a moment to violate a child, and we feel that what Cardinal George is doing is rubbing salt into the wound of the Catholics and the victims by putting a predator out there and allowing him to work in the archdiocese."

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese would not comment on SNAP's statement but did say that Rev. Martin is not a priest of the Chicago archdiocese and is no longer employed by Liturgy Training Publications.


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