SNAP Critical of Archdiocese Move

Telegraph Herald
December 14, 2008

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are questioning the length of time it took to defrock a former Dubuque priest convicted of sexual abuse.

Timothy DeVenney was granted a dispensation from the Vatican from all obligations and rights arising from Holy Orders, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Dubuque released Friday.

"The church hierarchy recruited, educated, ordained, hired, trained and shielded this predator. Now, they can't wash their hands of him and ignore the danger he still presents to unsuspecting families and neighbors," said Barbara Dorris, SNAP outreach director in a statement.

DeVenney served four years of a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to fondling several boys at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque in the mid-1990s. DeVenney, who now resides in Washington D.C., was paroled on the condition of completing a treatment program, which he completed in May.


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