For immediate release: August 6, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A Chicago man’s report of clergy sexual misconduct at a Chicago seminary is preventing a Catholic priest from taking over a parish in New Jersey.
Paterson Catholic diocese officials have reversed their decision to make Fr. Brando Ibarra head of a Budd Lake NJ church, after David Fagersten of Chicago complained to city officials that Fr. Ibarra tried to rape him years ago at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein.
We hope Catholic officials – in Chicago and in Paterson – will investigate these allegations and stop acting so secretively and irresponsibly in clergy sex cases, no matter when they may have happened or what the ages of the alleged victims may be.