Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Training not mandatory

SNAP blasts Toledo Catholic officials

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)

At a public meeting last week, a top Toledo diocesan official admitted that the church’s allegedly mandatory sex abuse prevention training isn’t really mandatory.

As reported in the Blade on Friday, Frank DiLallo admitted that some parishes offer the training and some don’t. This is a violation of the allegedly binding 2002 US bishops’ abuse policy, which says that all parishes will provide the training.

This is yet another example of a bishop making but breaking promises about child safety.

We call on Toledo’s bishop to hire an independent investigator to determine which parishes are breaking the policy and how long they have been doing so. We also call on him to discipline the pastors who are acting so recklessly and his chancery office staffer who is in charge of compliance with the abuse policy.

In Toledo, there’s a priest convicted of murder who’s still a priest. There are street signs and Catholic fields named after a priest who obstructed a murder investigation for years. There’s a Toledo predator priest who was working among unsuspecting families in a Detroit parish until our group exposed it just months ago. We could go on and on. We wish that Diane Knight, in her talk last week, might have addressed some of this recklessness, callousness and deceit, instead of mouthing vague platitudes about “protecting children.”

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