Another NJ predator priest “outed” - SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Trenton’s Catholic bishop has kept silent for months about another predatory priest who has been just been publicly exposed thanks to a brave victim and a compassionate attorney.
The cleric is Fr. Vincent Inghilterra, who, according to the Associated Press, “was chaplain at Trenton State Teachers College when he allegedly abused a minor in the 1970s.”
In May, Trenton Catholic officials found the charge against Fr. Inghilterra credible and suspended him. But apparently, Bishop David M. O'Connell told no one.
Bishop O’Connell, like his brother bishops, has repeatedly promised to be “open” in clergy sex cases. But he has apparently done nothing to disclose four things:
--the “credible” determination,
--the priest’s suspension, or
--the settlement with the priest’s victim(s).
That’s not openness. That’s secrecy. And that’s irresponsible. It’s what enables more abuse to happen.
The victim who reported being abused by him is represented by Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian (email@example.com) who has handled hundreds of child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits.
Shame on Bishop O’Connell and every one of his church staff and church members who knew about this child molesting cleric and kept quiet, as Catholic church employees and parishioners have done for centuries.
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Mark Crawford (732-632-7687, firstname.lastname@example.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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