FL--Another FL predator priest is exposed
For immediate release: Wednesday, May 13
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yet another victim of clergy sex crimes charges that Miami Catholic officials quietly put a pedophile priest back on the job among unsuspecting families, according to a new lawsuit.
Father Harry Ringenberger reportedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy but was sent into a parish without any warnings to the flock.
We applaud the brave victim who is exposing clerics who commit and conceal child sex crimes. We especially applaud this victim for having the courage to speak publicly and the wisdom to seek justice. That’s how kids become safer – when those who see, suspect or suffer clergy sex crimes and cover ups expose wrongdoers and file lawsuits. Quietly reporting proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesting clerics is rarely the best approach.
We urge anyone who has information or suspicions about pedophile Catholic priests and corrupt church officials in Miami to call secular authorities, not church officials.
NOTE - Ringenberger worked at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Pembroke Pines and at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)
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.