January 21, 2005

Archdiocese denies cover-up

Cincinnati Post

By Kimball Perry
Post staff writer

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati responded to criticism Thursday of "fraudulent concealment" of documents to hide priest sex abuse, saying the documents aren't new and nothing was covered up.

That didn't stop Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters from promising Thursday to look into the possibility of re-opening the criminal investigation into the archdiocese, or victims from calling for the resignation of the organization's spokesman and attorney.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg, we believe," Christy Miller, a victim of priest abuse, said Thursday.

She spoke outside Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral downtown and was joined by other members of the support group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

The criticism comes days after court documents revealed that Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk assigned the Rev. David Kelly to a Vandalia, Ohio, parish after Pilarczyk learned Kelly had been accused of fondling at least two male students at Elder High School, where Kelly was principal.

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2005 08:34 AM