NY--Victims blast bishop on abuse
Victims blast bishop on abuse
A twice-accused predator is still in a parish
Cleric faces two unusual pending child sex lawsuits
They seek names of all pedophiles in Long Island diocese
Group says top Catholic official “is putting kids at risk”
SNAP: “Murphy is also breaking US church abuse policy”
Victims also want names of predators posted on websites
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will
--insist that Long Island’s Catholic bishop suspend a twice-accused predator priest who faces two pending civil child sex abuse lawsuits and
--post the names of predator priests on his diocesan website (as 30 other US bishops have done),
They will also urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes or cover ups to
--seek help from independent sources (not from church officials), and
--contact police and prosecutors “so that kids can be protected and predators can be pursued.”
And they will explain how the lawsuits are “ground-breaking” because they’re seeking to expose names of child molesting clerics as a “public nuisance.”
Friday, May 6 at 1:30 pm
On the sidewalk outside the Rockville Centre Catholic diocese headquarters, 50 N. Park in Rockville Centre, NY
Two – four members of a support group called SNAP the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a Missouri man who is the organization’s long time director.
In what SNAP says is an unprecedented move, Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy is letting a priest remain in the job even though he faces two pending child sex abuse lawsuits. The group is demanding that Murphy suspend the cleric, Fr. Gregory Yacyshyn from his post as pastor of St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Mastic Beach (631-281-5743).
Last week, he was sued for allegedly molesting a 5 to 7 year-old boy in 2001-2003 at St. Francis of Assisi.
In January 2015, he was sued for allegedly abusing an 8-yr-old girl in 2003 when he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Greenlawn NY.
Both victims reported to law enforcement and both civil cases are pending.
“Since 2002, every US bishop has pledged to suspend credibly accused predator priests,” said Barbara Dorris, SNAP’s outreach director. “We don’t know of another case in America like this one – where Catholic officials continue keeping kids at risk by ignoring two relatively recent and clearly credible charges of child sex crimes.”
“Murphy is acting incredibly recklessly,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s director. “How does he justify not even temporarily ousting Fr. Greg while an investigation is done? That’s what he and his brother bishops have promised for years now, but refusing to do time and time again.”
If Murphy doesn’t act, SNAP says other church officials, including NYC Cardinal Timothy Dolan should “discipline and denounce him for his recklessness.”
The group is also urging Murphy to permanently post on his diocesan website the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of all “proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics who live/lived or work/worked in the Rockville Centre diocese.
“This is the least that bishops can and should do to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and protect the truth,” Clohessy said.
The group also called on New York lawmakers to reform the state’s “archaic, predator-friendly statute of limitations that prevents more victims from protecting kids and exposing and deterring those who commit or conceal sex crimes against youngsters.”
A photo of Fr. Yacyshyn, who was ordained in Rockville Centre in 1998, is available at BishopAccountability.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.
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.