Wednesday, June 19, 2013
6-20-13 capuchin sex abuse audit-snap react
The Midwest Director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests has issued a statement regarding the Capuchin Franciscan Order sexual abuse audit. Peter Isely is a victim/survivor of sexual abuse by a Capuchin priest while attending St. Lawrence Seminary. "Today, in a first voluntary effort of its kind in the history of the child sex abuse crisis, a Catholic religious order, the Midwest Province of the Capuchin Franciscans, released a voluntary “audit” of their clergy abuse files, naming 23 of 46 friars alleged to have raped or sexually assaulted children. The list of the 23 “substantiated” offenders has been posted at the Capuchin website this morning. (The list of Capuchin offenders, the audit report, and other documentation can also be found at the SNAPwisconsin.com at this page). The audit was conducted by a three member team hired by the Capuchins, including Fr. Tom Doyle, a well-known critic of how the church has responded to sexual abuse. The Capuchins are to be commended for this earnest effort to bring transparency to this dark and deceitful corner of their organization and history. The report provides a very long overdue validation to victims of Capuchins, many of whom continue to live in shame and silence, especially those who were raped and assaulted at the Capuchin run boarding school for minors, St. Lawrence Seminary, located in rural Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin.