Convicted Houston Predator Priest Causes Controversy in Maine

By David Clohessy
The Informer & Texas Freeman
December 27, 2010

A twice convicted predator priest, who molested at least one Houston child, is causing controversy in Maine where he lives in public housing and served, until recently, on a public panel despite his criminal past. Twice this month, including yesterday, the Bangor Daily News has written stories about Fr. Walter Dayton Salisbury.

We believe Houston's Cardinal Daniel DiNardo should aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Salisbury's crimes, so that he might be prosecuted again and so that those suffering in silence might find healing.

For decades, Catholic bishops haveA‚A passively sat back and done nothing, waiting for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to step forward. Eight years ago, bishops adopted a new policy and pledged to work harder to protect kids and help victims. DiNardo can honor these pledges and use his websites, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements to seek out others who may have information about Salisbury's crimes. Or he can do what he and his colleagues have done for decades and irresponsibly do nothing.

The author is the director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), is the worldA?a‚¬a„?s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.


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