KS- Abuse allegations made against KC priest, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, June 23, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Two credible abuse allegations have been made against a retired Kansas City priest. We are saddened that KC Catholic officials are apparently trying to keep this quiet by putting it only in a church publication. They should be alerting all the parishioners and the public very aggressively, begging others with information or suspicions about this priest to step forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and start healing.
We are grateful to the brave victims who spoke up and hope they will continue to seek help.
Fr. George Seuferling, who retired in 2001, is accused of inappropriate behavior with non-minors. Officials with the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS say the allegations are credible. Fr. Seuferling’s work is supposedly being limited to doing wedding and funerals of relatives. We believe a stricter limitation should be imposed. At a minimum, for the safety of the public, he should be sent to a remote, secure, independent treatment center for evaluation.
We hope anyone who saw, suspects, or suffered child sexual abuse by Fr. Seuferling will immediately call secular law enforcement. It is never too late to report what you know and doing so will help keep other people safe.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have 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.
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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