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Santa Fe archbishop: Accused priests don’t represent church

Archbishop John C. Wester. (AP File Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester says people shouldn’t write off the Roman Catholic Church because of former priests facing child rape charges.

Wester told The Associated Press on Wednesday he understands the hurt and anger surrounding news of former Catholic priests being accused of sexual misconduct. But Wester says the church shouldn’t be judged by the actions of a few and those actions don’t represent the more than a billion Catholics around the world.

This week, the New Mexico Attorney General’s office announced it had filed charges against a former priest who prosecutors say brutally raped a young girl at an Albuquerque Catholic school 30 years ago.

It was the third former priest to be arrested in recent month in connection with pass allegations of sexual abuse.

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