February 18, 2006

SNAP coming to Alton

The Telegraph

LINDA N. WELLER, The Telegraph 02/18/2006

ALTON -- A St. Louis-based, national activist group critical of the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of sex offender priests plans to distribute leaflets Sunday outside an Alton church.

Members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who claim they are "clergy molestation victims," say they will hand out fliers about John Steven Rabideau at 11:30 a.m. outside St. Mary’s (Immaculate Conception) Catholic Church, 519 E. Fourth St.

Rabideau, 44, is a former priest who served at St. Mary’s and the former St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 918 E. Fifth St. in Alton in 1991 and 1992. He was a fugitive for more than seven years on warrants for seven child sex charges in Michigan.

St. Patrick’s Church closed several years after Rabideau left.

Posted by kshaw at February 18, 2006 08:29 AM