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SNAP Encourages Archdiocese To Act In Two Cases

Representatives of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests demonstrated outside the Archdiocese of Louisville Wednesday.SNAP was protesting the fact that a former priest who had been convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl served on a council at St. Therese Catholic Church while he was on probation.The Archdiocese of Louisville says former priest Bruce Ewing should not have been allowed to serve on the council. Ewing has resigned.SNAP officials are also upset that another priest, Father James Schook, was moved to St. Therese after allegations he sexually abused five boys.Barbara Dorris with SNAP says the Archdiocese should have been aware of the situation."We feel Archbishop Kurtz should discipline everybody involved in this," she says. "That whoever allowed this to happen because certainly this priest is not a secret either Ewing or Schook. Schook should not have been put in a rectory. There are treatment centers for clergy who have been accused all over the country."Dorris also hopes to draw attention to a lawsuit filed by a couple who say they were fired by the parish for complaining about Schook.