WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Former Rep. Mark Foley is telling to the Florida Attorneys Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach County the name of the clergyman he accuses of molesting him as a child.
Foley's attorneys came to an agreement Wednesday with the general counsel for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami and the Archdiocese of Pam Beach about the order in which the name would be revealed.
State Attorney Barry Krischer was given the clergyman's name by Foley civil attorney Gerald Richman. The clergyman is believed to no longer live in the United States.
"Our attorney spoke with Mr. Richman, but there has been no information revealed. Mr. Foley's alleged abuser was not identified," Archdiocese spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta said.
Agosta expressed impatience with Foley's attorneys for not telling the name that Foley seems to want to reveal.
"However he wants to tell us, fine, but tell us," Archdiocese spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta said Wednesday. "It's very frustrating at this point."
The drip of information regarding the alleged abuser has the Archdiocese puzzled and frustrated.
"We can't do anything without the name," Agosta said. "What if this priest is still in active ministry? Are there other children in active danger by being in his company? These are things we have to think about, and not just for the sake of another press conference."
"On top of the normal difficulty of dealing with a case that is 35 years old is the fact that it's being ping-ponged back and forth like this," she added. "Waiting, waiting, waiting."
Foley, 52, a Florida Republican, resigned last month after being confronted with sexually explicit Internet communications he had with teenage boys who worked on Capitol Hill. Foley has since entered a 30-day rehabilitation program for alcoholism, according to his attorneys.
On Tuesday, Richman said the priest who allegedly abused Foley is still alive, but the statute of limitations for criminal charges against the man has expired.
Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney's office in West Palm Beach, said that to claim outright that the statute of limitations has expired is somewhat misleading because the alleged abuser may have committed similar crimes more recently on other victims.
"There's still a pool of potential victims out there," Edmondson said Wednesday.
David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, has also called on Foley to reveal the name of his alleged abuser.
"If he's telling the truth, this is a step forward for Foley's healing," Clohessy said in a statement. "But until the identity of the accused is known publicly, kids may needlessly be at risk."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.