Group protests sex offender's ordination in Ky.

Associated Press/September 24, 2009

Louisville, Kentucky - A group of clergy abuse survivors are asking the Louisville Archdiocese to speak out against a local church that recently ordained a convicted child molester as a minister.

Several members of the Louisville chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests hand-delivered a letter to the Archdiocese office on Thursday. The letter urges Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to publicly condemn the City of Refuge Worship Center for ordaining Mark Hourigan as a minister.

Though the City of Refuge is not affiliated with the Catholic Church, SNAP member Rochelle Fournier says the church could start a movement by religious organizations to adopt policies precluding registered sex offenders from becoming part of the clergy.

City of Refuge Pastor Randy Meadows has declined repeated requests for comment on Hourigan's Sept. 13 ordination.

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