Catholic Groups Angered at Diocese

By Emily Setzer
Sonoma News [Santa Rosa CA]
July 6, 2006

07.07.06 - Santa Rosa Diocese officials waited three days to report a sexually abusive priest to authorities in April. Now two Catholic organizations, outraged by the delay, are asking the diocese to reform church policies regarding sexual abuse and have asked the county district attorney to file charges against church officials.

Voice of the Faithful - an international organization of Catholics that formed four years ago in response to the priest sexual abuse crisis that first exploded in the Boston area, and the nationwide nonprofit Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) both wrote letters to Bishop Daniel Walsh criticizing how he handled reporting a priest who admitted to sexually abusing a parish boy to civil authorities.


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