Former Maryland Priest Sued in Hawaii
A former Maryland priest, convicted on child sex charges, has been sued for allegedly molesting a child in Hawaii.
From 1983 to 1984, Fr. Arthur O'Brien worked at St. Pius X parish in Bowie, where he was accused of sexually abusing a boy and removed from ministry in the DC archdiocese. (Starbulletin.com, July 28, 2002) Fr. O'Brien worked under Fr. Andrew J. Cassin and Fr. Mark E. Brennan. More information on Fr. O'Brien that may be useful to survivors or parishioners in Maryland and Hawaii can be found on BishopAccountability.org
We urge Maryland Catholic officials to aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups by Fr. O'Brien or any church officials. Anyone who was hurt by Fr. O'Brien or any Catholic employee should be sure to seek help from independent professionals and not diocesan officials.
Contact: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. 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.
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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