February 06, 2006

Church accuser confronts Bishop Murphy after Mass



February 6, 2006

A man who says a former Long Island priest abused him and four of his younger siblings decades ago confronted the leader of the diocese yesterday, as about 25 members of two survivor advocacy groups demonstrated outside St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.

Dick Regan traveled 300 miles from his upstate home near Rochester yesterday to personally ask Bishop William Murphy to meet with him and his siblings. Murphy has previously said he will meet with Regan, but has repeatedly refused to meet with the entire family.

"I figure these people are supporting my family, the least I can do is come down and show solidarity," Regan said of the members of SNAP - the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests - and Voice of the Faithful, who held signs bearing messages such as: "Bishop Murphy: Why won't you keep your word?"

A spokesman for the diocese said the bishop's offer to meet with Dick Regan still stands.

Posted by kshaw at February 6, 2006 07:55 AM