KY- Jury seated in priest sex abuse case, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A child sex abuse case against a Louisville priest has finally started. We are glad that there have been no more delays and justice can begin.
Fr. James R. Schook was indicted in 2011, but his crimes began in the 1970s. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Vicar General Brian Reynolds both were aware of allegations against Schook. They even temporarily removed him from his position at St. Ignatius Martyr Church in 2009. Despite these warnings a dangerous predator was allowed to roam free and potentially hurt more children.
We want to know why Kurtz did at most the bare minimum to protect kids and stop wrong-doing. We urge Louisville Catholics - both officials and parishioners- to aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes by Schook. Kurtz should personally visit every parish where Schook worked and beg victims and witnesses to report to police. He should also post the names, work histories, and photos of all credibly accused clergy. Only then will children begin to be 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 15,000 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)