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New disclosures rock Sante Fe: professor admits to affair with Sanchez.

Professor admits to affair with Sanchez

ALBUQUERQUE - Shock waves continued to rock the Santa Fe archdiocese last week as new reports about Archbishop Robert Sanchez's alleged sexual indiscretions surfaced in the local media.

Local newspapers reported March 12 that one of five women who claims to have had an affair with Sanchez is Judy Maloof, a professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State University. Maloof, now in her 30s, is a member of a prominent New Mexico family that has conducted an annual fund-raiser named for Sanchez.

Archdiocesan officials have said Sanchez, 59, had relationships with five women in the 1970s and |80s but declined to say whether they were sexual in nature. Sanchez, who publicly apologized for any harm his actions have caused, is reportedly out of town on retreat.

Allegations by five women - three on videotape and two by affidavit - who have accused the archbishop of having sexual liaisons with them were to have appeared on a CBS "60 Minutes" segment possibly as early as March 21.

The Albuquerque Tribune reported that Maloof's affair with Sanchez supposedly began after her 1975 graduation from St. Pius High School, where Sanchez then taught and served as a counselor. Quoting unidentified sources, the paper said Sanchez ended the affair in 1979. Sanchez was ordained a bishop in 1974.

Also on March 12, psychologist John Salazar, who has been giving depositions in the sexual abuse cases, told news media here that in the late 1970s he provided 25 to 30 therapy sessions to a woman who said she had a three-year affair with the archbishop. Salazar declined to name the woman.

According to Salazar, Sanchez had promised the woman he would marry her after seeking dispensation from his priestly vows.

The woman, said Salazar, told him that the archbishop had consulted the Vatican about his affair and that he had been persuaded to stay in the priesthood.

Salazar said the woman, who was a devout Catholic, left the church because of the alleged involvement with Sanchez.

Salazar's name surfaced again March 13, when news media reported the therapist had given a deposition in a suit filed March 12 against the Servants of the Paraclete (NCR, Feb. 26).

The deposition claims the Paraclete, an order whose ministry includes work with priest sexual abusers, purchased a Caribbean island in the mid-1960s and considered using it as a "prison for pedophile priests."

The suit claims this "clearly" indicates "Servants of the Paraclete knew ... that pedophile priests posed a clear and present danger to the well-being of children in New Mexico." The suit seeks compensation for damages caused by alleged negligence by the Paracletes. According to another lawsuit filed last month by Bruce Pasternack, a lawyer representing more than 40 alleged sexual abuse victims, the Paracletes released pedophile priests into the community despite a 1967 warning by Salazar to then Santa Fe Archbishop James Davis that such priests ought not be released for parish work.

Meanwhile, Allen Conrad, attorney for the Jemez Springs treatment center, blamed Salazar for the release of priests into New Mexico parishes in a deposition made public March 15. He told local media that Salazar opposed the Caribbean island idea and instead advocated a program of gradually reintroducing priests into the community.

In related developments, Pasternarck has been accused of releasing information about the archbishop's alleged affairs.

Attorney Ron Koch, who represents a former priest accused of sexual abuse, claimed in a March 12 District Court motion that Pasternack went to the news media with allegations about the archbishop in order to gain leverage for a settlement in sexual abuse cases.

The motion asked a four-judge panel to investigate Pasternack's role in giving "60 Minutes" information related to the affairs.

Pasternack denied Koch's allegations. "60 Minutes" producer Ty Kim told local reporters he had been working on the story long before talking to Pasternack.

Archdiocese Chancellor Ron Wolf said that at a Jan. 22 meeting with Sanchez, Pasternack had urged settlement but had not tried to use information about the archbishop's alleged sexual affairs for leverage. However, other reports contend Wolf said Pasternack had tried to pressure the archdiocese into settling.

Meanwhile, letters and calls from parishioners flooded the archdiocese calling for the archbishop to continue his ministry. And supporters drafted a petition to be sent to the Vatican saying Sanchez "has been a strong leader in New Mexico" and "we forgive his acts in the past, as befits |reconciliation.'"
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Title Annotation:Archbishop Robert Sanchez; Judy Maloof
Author:Burbank, James
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Biography
Date:Mar 26, 1993
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