Protest against Former Priest

June 16, 2014

"Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests" or SNAP protested Monday afternoon because of a former local priest, accused of abusing a child. That priest was removed from practice years ago, but the Vatican still hasn't taken action in his case, and that's just part of the concern today. The concern from the group SNAP, is that this same man is now teaching at a local college. The priest we're talking about is Gary Zalinski - he was removed from his parish after citing "credible evidence" of attacking a child. Holding up signs in protest, SNAP rallied outside of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville. "This is extremely important. If he canít be let back into a parish as a priest he is too dangerous,Ē said Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Producer. The case against Gary Zalenski has been going on since 2007, when the bishop removed Zalenski as pastor from Sacred Heart Parish in Neffs. That move was made after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted a young girl 1991. Nearly six years later, no criminal charges ever went forward, a grand jury never found enough evidence to indict. As for the Vaticanís actions to remove Zalinski entirely, they haven't gone anywhere. Belmont college confirmed that Zalenski is working there as an adjunct instructor. Beyond that, the university isn't commenting on Zalenski or the terms of his employment. Again Zalinski has not been convicted of any crimes that would prevent his employment anywhere outside the Catholic Church. We asked the diocese about the Vaticanís case against Zalinski, and we're told that it's in the hands of Vatican. SNAP members would like to see that process work a lot faster








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