March 03, 2005

Abuse memories flood back

Albuquerque Tribune

By Joline Gutierrez Krueger
March 3, 2005

He had pushed it away, the memories of what he says happened to him in his youth in Los Alamos at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest his parents thought they could trust.

He thought he was the only one.

But recently, when his wife scrolled through a Web site dedicated to the New Mexico victims of priest sex abuse and found the name that had tormented him for nearly three decades, the memories flooded back.

The priest, she learned, was still active in an Albuquerque parish and a Catholic school. And like her husband, other men had made accusations of sexual abuse against the priest.

"That's when he learned he was not the only one," said Steven Rabi, director of the New Mexico chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, which runs the Web site. "That's when he reached out."

The man, now in his 40s and living out of state, is the latest to allege sexual misconduct by the longtime Albuquerque priest.

Despite the archdiocese's naming of the priest in its response to the allegation Wednesday, The Tribune is not naming him or the parish with which he is affiliated because no criminal charges have been filed.

Posted by kshaw at March 3, 2005 06:51 PM