CA - 6 Accused, Abusive Priests and 1 Parish Worker to be Disclosed in So. California
SNAP to California Bishops, "Protect Kids, Not Abusers"
Holding posters naming accused child molesters, clergy sexual abuse victims will publicly disclose the names of six current and former Southern California priests and one church lay employee who have been or will soon be accused of sexual crimes in civil lawsuits. Most, if not all of the names have not been publicly exposed until today.
They will also urge church leaders to:
- "come clean" now and release the names of all known and suspected abusive priests immediately, before the December 31st statute of limitations deadline for victims of abuse to file lawsuits.
- include those from other dioceses who are accused and worked here temporarily.
Monday Dec. 22nd, 1:00 p.m.
Outside the San Diego archdiocesan chancery office, 3888 Paducah Dr., San Diego
Two or three adults who were molested by clergy, and are members of a local support group, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)
This list of known or suspected abusive clergy is being compiled and released publicly for the first time, and will also be posted on SNAP's national website: SNAPnetwork.org and it’s local San Diego website: Sandiegosnap.org.
The group’s goal is to warn parents and prospective employers about these men and their past criminal behavior, so that kids can be safe. The St. Louis chapter of SNAP recently took a similar step, posting the names of nearly 30 clergy who had molested kids (SEE SNAPmidwest.org)
The group will also quote from the Dallas Charter, enacted by all American Catholic bishops in June 2002, which promises "openness and transparency" regarding abuse.
Etienne, Rev. Raymond
San Bernardino Diocese, DivineWord Seminary
Kurlandski, Brother Lawrence
San Bernardino Diocese, Saint Josephs Parish
Maloney, Father Thomas
San Bernardino Diocese, Our LadyOf Perpetual Help Parish
San Bernardino Diocese, Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Parish
O'Shea, Patrick (Parish Worker)
San Diego Diocese, Saint Rose of Lima Parish
Sierra, Father Francisco
San Diego Diocese, St. John's Church
Vineyard, Father Barry
San Diego Diocese, No listing
FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT:
Jaime Romo of San Diego, SNAP’s San Diego Coordinator 760 519 0823 cell
Mary Grant of Long Beach, SNAP's Western Regional Director 626 419 2930 cell
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP's National Director 314 566 9790 cell
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.