AZ--Newly-disclosed predator priest is now in Arizona
For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 11
A just “outed” predator priest who reportedly molested at least one child in Minnesota is now living in Phoenix, according to Catholic officials.
We strongly urge Phoenix Catholic officials to aggressively warn parents, police, prosecutors and the public about John Robert Murphy. We urge Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmstead to use parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements to reach out to anyone in Arizona who may have seen, suspected or suffered Murphy’s crimes.
It’s possible he molested a child just last night. And it’s possible that he could be prosecuted, convicted and kept away from kids.
Murphy has allegedly been “permanently removed from ministry.” But that doesn’t absolve Catholic officials from helping to protect others from him. Bishops recruited, ordained, hired, trained, supervised and shielded predators like Murphy. So they have an obligation to safeguard vulnerable kids from him even now.
We hope anyone with information or suspicions about Murphy will call police, expose wrongdoers, protect others, and deter cover ups. Silence and inaction only helps those who commit and conceal child sex crimes.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
James Robert Murphy
Date of birth: 7/7/1937
Date of ordination: 1977
Murphy’s assignment history:
Assistant Pastor, St. Raphael, Crystal, 1977-1981
Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Faribault, 1981-1983
Pastor, St. Lawrence, Faribault, 1983-1989
Volunteer Chaplain, Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, 1981-1989
Diocese or religious order: Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Date permanently removed from ministry: 1990
Current location: Phoenix, AZ
Current status: Permanently removed from ministry
Date the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis posted this individual’s name on a list of those with claims of substantiated abuse against them: February 11, 2015
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.