October 12, 2005

Survivors Want Sheehan To Apologize

Albuquerque Journal

BY PAUL LOGAN Journal Staff Writer

Archbishop Michael Sheehan should publicly apologize at the parishes where a restricted priest has served, says the head of a support group for those abused by clerics.

Sheehan was in charge of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1995, when six men wrote letters to him alleging that the Rev. Ronald Bruckner sexually abused them as boys.

At the time, their letters weren’t taken seriously, Steven Rabi said Tuesday at a news conference near Our Lady of the Annunciation Church.

Rabi said those whom Bruckner allegedly molested were forced to wait a decade.

“It shouldn’t have taken a review board almost 10 years later to come to the conclusion that there was credible evidence,” said Rabi, state director of SNAP, or the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by kshaw at October 12, 2005 12:43 PM