SNAP Holds Demonstration in Darien

By Sandy Illian Bosch
The Doings Weekly
August 23 2010,burr-ridge-priest-082310-s1.article

Their job is far from over, but members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests accomplished what they set out to do Monday by demonstrating with signs in front of the Carmelite regional office at 1317 Frontage Road in Darien.

Holding photos of themselves and other children abused by members of the clergy, members of the survivors' group came out in support of an alleged victim who four months ago accused two Chicago area priests of molesting him decades ago.

Since that time, the alleged victim claims he has received no response from the Carmelite order, to which one of the two priests belongs.

"What we want is transparency," said Florida attorney Adam Horowitz, who represents the priests' accuser, a Florida resident. "He's been kept in the dark."

"He just wanted the priests to be exposed and ultimately removed," he said.

No criminal charges or civil suits have been filed concerning the Carmelite priest.

S.N.A.P. members learned Monday that the priest was removed from his post as pastor of St. Matthew's Church in Glendale Heights in May.

Darien Carmelite center Provincial The Rev. John Welch said the accused priest was "removed from public ministry" the same day that Welch learned of the accusation. He said the priest is in an undisclosed, supervised setting where he has no contact with minors.

Welch said this information was relayed to Horowitz months ago, but apparently did not make it to the accuser.

"There's been some real miscommunication," Welch said.

Upon hearing of the planned protest on Monday, Welch said he called the alleged victim directly, relayed the information about the priest, and offered counseling.

Therese Albrecht of S.N.A.P. said she was satisfied with the outcome of the Darien demonstration, knowing now the priest is in a supervised setting.

"We want to keep kids safe," Albrecht said.


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