January 25, 2006

Abusive priest leaving prison

San Bernardino County Sun

Kelly Rush, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO - A child molester and defrocked Catholic priest is being released from prison today, and officials with the San Bernardino Diocese have pledged to warn their churches and schools before his arrival here.

The pledge comes at the insistence of an advocacy group for those sexually abused by clergy after its members learned that Anthony Edward "Tony" Rodrigue will make his new home in San Bernardino.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, sent a letter to the bishops of the San Bernardino and San Diego dioceses on Tuesday. They are joined in their request by Rodrigue's brother, Tom Rodrigue, and several others.

"Although we do not know the location of his new residence, we are contacting all of our parishes and schools in San Bernardino alerting them of his release," said the Rev. Howard Lincoln, diocesan spokesman. "We remain completely dedicated to the protection of children."

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2006 08:48 AM