Posts Tagged Seattle archdiocese

Peitition to Archbishop Sartain: disclose abuse claim files, empower lay review board / National Catholic Reporter

An open letter in the form of an online petition asks Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain to address what it charges is the archdiocese’s ‘incomplete response’ to the ‘clergy abuse crisis.’

“Posted late Sunday, June 5, the petition acknowledges the archbishop’s ‘deep concern for abuse victims’ and ‘willingness to extend pastoral care to them,’ but claims ‘more is needed if we are to truly protect our youth, heal the wounds caused by this horrific evil, and address the continued alienation of Catholics from their Church.’

“The letter specifically asks:

  • For the public release of ‘all files, memoranda, settlements and communications related to credible claims of abuse by all clergy and religious who have ministered in this archdiocese or will do so in the future’;
  • For the empowerment of ‘a reconstituted Review Board’ that would have ‘broad, independent access to all Church files concerning clergy abuse of minors,’ and the ‘authority to investigate and make recommendations as to policy and discipline for all matters relating to such abuse in the Archdiocese — past, present and future’;
  • That the majority of a new Review Board be ‘selected by the laity and all of its recommendations made public unless the Archbishop explains in writing to the Catholic community the reasons for not doing so.'”

By Dan Morris-Young, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Despite Ban, Abuser Priest Remained in Ministry for 10 Years / National Catholic Reporter

The Seattle archdiocese has been harshly criticized for not publicly releasing the name of a priest removed from ministry a decade ago for the sexual exploitation of a teen. The priest then socialized with parishioners and performed occasional baptisms, weddings and funerals despite his removal until his past recently came to the attention of some parishioners.

“The former chair and vice chair of the board that reviewed sexual abuse allegations in 2004 has leveled unvarnished reproof. That case review board urged the archdiocese to make public Fr. Harry Quigg’s identity and offenses.

“‘The investigation’s documents, dating to 2004 and which the archdiocese has refused to make public, would reveal that a 17-year-old boy involved with … Quigg was passed among the priest and friends, according to multiple sources,’ wrote Joel Connelly in a blog post Monday (May 12) for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, an online newspaper.”

By Dan Morris-Young, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Archdiocese Was Warned of Priest’s ‘Egregious’ Behavior But Kept His Identity Secret / Seattle Post Intelligencer

The Archdiocese of Seattle ignored the recommendations of its own review board, keeping secret the restrictions put on a priest whose conduct the panel described as ‘egregious.’

“A decade later, it is facing the upset flock of a north end Catholic parish. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and top deputies faced an angry audience of more than 150 parishioners at St. Bridget’s Church on Tuesday night.”

By Joel Connelly, Seattle Post Intelligencer — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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