January 30, 2006

Group hands out fliers on ex-priest's prison release

Daily Bulletin

By Kelly Rush, Staff Writer

LOMA LINDA - Outspoken survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, and the message they spread, have not always been welcome at Catholic churches.
They've been spit upon, yelled at and cursed, they said.

In contrast, the reception afforded Sunday to members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Loma Linda wasn't particularly harsh.

Only one person called police, who briefly showed up and then left, and just a handful of others refused fliers or stopped to chastise the group giving out information about a former Ontario priest and convicted child molester who used to lead the congregation.

Edward Anthony Rodrigue, known as Father Tony to some, was let out of state prison last week and was expected to be living in San Bernardino, according to a family member. Rodrigue served eight and a half years of a 10-year sentence for sexually abusing an 11-year-old developmentally disabled boy in Highland.

Posted by kshaw at January 30, 2006 08:09 AM