El Paso Priest Sued for Child Sex Abuse

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
June 26, 2011

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,

Father Alfonso Madrid, who once worked at Sacred Heart Catholic church in El Paso, is named as an accused child predator in a new lawsuit filed yesterday in El Paso against the El Paso Diocese and the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order.

Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in El Paso - by Madrid or other clerics - will find the courage and strength to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.

If you have knowledge or suspicions - however old, small or seemingly insignificant - about clergy sex crimes, it's your moral and civic duty to call police. Please summon the courage to do what's right by calling law enforcement and hopefully preventing more devastated lives.

Catholic officials shouldn't split hairs, make excuses and be silent. It doesn't matter whether a predator is a diocesan or religious order cleric, alive or dead, still in the same area or moved elsewhere. They are shepherds and have a duty to protect their flock, help law enforcement, warn unsuspecting families and work hard to find and help others who've been wounded.

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