Sunday, March 20, 2011

Omaha priest dismissed after allegations

“We have a zero-tolerance policy,” said Deacon Tim McNeil. Somehow I doubt it. What they really mean is that they have zero tolerance policy once a new case surfaces. Father Perry Robinson was dismissed in 1988 for taking lewd pictures of boys. Once new allegations surfaced, he was removed from his post as associate pastor of St. Gerald Parish. What happened between 1988 and 2011? SNAP wants to know. So do I.

The advocacy group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, which released the Omaha documents, delivered a letter to the Jesuits calling on them to turn over all records involving Robinson to civil authorities and publicly identify their offender priests.

Gillespie said the order takes all allegations seriously but has a policy of not naming abusive or accused Jesuits.

SNAP officials say the case illustrates the problem with offenders in religious orders, whose names - unlike diocesan priests in Milwaukee - have not been made public by their superiors.

Enough – name the priests.