Organizations Want Bishop to Release Names of Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse


POSTED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 8:36am

UPDATED: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 2:32pm

Two organizations, SNAP and Call to Action, are asking Bishop Flores to release the names of priest who are accused of being charged with sexual abuse of children. The SNAP organization, group of individuals who say they were abused by priest, and Call to Action  rallied in front of the San Juan Shire in Pharr on Wednesday morning and both believe there are priest in the church who have been credibly accused of abusing children. Both organizations want the names of those being accused to be made public so that children are protected in the future and that past victims can come forward. SNAP spokesperson Barbara Blaine stated, "Church officials have successfully shielded over 98% of the predator priests from law enforcement, but those priests still pose a risk to children and we believe at a bare minimum that Bishop Flores and the diocese has a duty to protect children."

Blaine says Bishop Flores met with them once said he would get back to them and never did. We attempted to reach Bishop Flores for comment, but he was unavailable instead Diocese Victim Assistance Coordinator Walter Lukaszek commented on the issue saying, "Anytime a credible report is made or actually any report is made about clergy sexual abuse, I'm involved with it immediately and if anybody has a credible allegation of child sexual abuse, that is a priest, they are no longer serving in this diocese."

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Good luck waiting on that comment from Bishop Flores. You'll be dead and burried first! Thank you to Barbara Blaine, SNAP and Call to Action, for continuing to create awareness on this most important issue. It's your children, people.

---BUT does Bishop Flores report those allegations to the police? Why wouldn't the bishop want to make public all credibly accused clerics or employees names and post them on the diocese web site? This is the best way to help parents and the public to protect their kids today.
If anyone has been harmed by any person working in this diocese, hopefully you will come forward, and contact the police, not church officials.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511

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