Pa- Philly Priest Had Abuse Settlement in the Past; SNAP Responds

By Barbara Blaine
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
January 04, 2013

Shame on the Franciscans. They recruit, educate, ordain, hire, train, and transfer clerics, making them swear allegiance to the order for life. Then, when one of them molests, Catholic officials pretend to be powerless to stop him from working elsewhere. And in this case, Franciscans apparently lied to an abuse victim by claiming they’d keep this predator away from kids.

Now they claim, again, that Ledoux will be kept away from children. But if they broke their pledge once, why wouldn't they break it again?

How did the Franciscans react when a credible abuse allegation against Ledoux surfaced in Philly? By doing what Catholic officials have done for decades – quietly moving the offender to another church facility and telling no one.

And shame on Widener for doing poor background checks and being secretive about Ledoux’s exit from the school. Their irresponsible actions put kids at risk. And their claim that he never had unsupervised contact with kids is laughable. He was a trusted, high ranking school administrator. No one was ‘supervising’ him when he was around kids.


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