March 02, 2005

Priest accused again of abuse

The Albuquerque Tribune

By Joline Gutierrez Krueger
March 2, 2005

New allegations of sexual misconduct by a longtime Albuquerque priest are renewing efforts by a national organization to have Archbishop Michael Sheehan remove the priest from duty.

Officials with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, planned today to hand-deliver a letter to Sheehan at the chancery office in Albuquerque asking him to suspend the priest and to investigate the new allegations.

"Please remember what you and your brother bishops have repeatedly promised," the letter states. "To err on the side of children's safety, to remove a credibly accused cleric first from his current assignment until a more thorough investigation can be completed."

The priest has been accused in the past of other incidents of sexual molestation, many that were detailed in six letters sent to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1995.

The letters are from men who as boys attended a Roman Catholic middle school in Albuquerque in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ...

Because no criminal charges have been filed, The Tribune is not naming the priest or the parish with which he is affiliated.

Posted by kshaw at March 2, 2005 03:03 PM