January 04, 2006

SNAP: Sex Abuse Victims Seek Help Warning Others About Molesting Priest

Yahoo! News

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Concerned about a suspended and allegedly abusive priest who recently resurfaced as a chaplain in Philadelphia, clergy molestation victims are writing to New York's top Catholic official urging him to warn neighbors and prospective employers about the cleric and reach out to any of his victims "who may still be suffering in shame, isolation and self- blame."

They're also hoping that outreach efforts may turn up more recent victims who could criminally prosecute the priest.

Leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are worried about Father Anthony J. Eremito, a New York Archdiocese priest who apparently was recently hired by Odyssey Hospice in Philadelphia. Eremito was suspended from active ministry in 2002 because of credible allegations of molesting boys.

Posted by kshaw at January 4, 2006 12:32 PM