Victims Applaud Priest's Child Porn Sentence
January 23, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
We are grateful that this criminal priest will be kept away from kids for a long time. But there's more work for church officials - Lutheran and Catholic - to do.
[Detroit Free Press]
It's very likely that Fr. Timothy Murray hurt other kids, perhaps in both denominations. So church officials must use their considerable influence and vast resources to seek out others who are suffering in silence, shame and self blame.
It's also possible that other current or former church staff ignored or hid Fr. Murray’s crimes. So church officials must aggressively seek out others who may have seen or suspected cover ups.
It's not enough that Archbishop Vigneron wants to defrock Fr. Murray. That can come later. Right now, his priority must be to find others in pain, help them, and prod them to call law enforcement.