KY-- Nun, priest & archdiocese named in abuse case; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, May 1
A new child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit has been filed against a priest, a nun and the Louisville archdiocese.
We urge Archbishop Kurtz to aggressively seek out others who were hurt by Fr. James R. Schook or any of the 63 other current or former Louisville area Catholic clerics who have been publicly accused as child predators. (See BishopAccountability.org)
That's the least Kurtz can do at this point. (After all, Louisville Catholic officials recruited, educated, hired, trained, shielded and transferred this priest.)
We applaud these brave men who are seeking justice and exposing wrongdoing. We hope this litigation will bring them healing and closure.
We urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by this priest or nun to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.
(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)
2 sue priest, nun, Louisville archdiocese on sex abuse claim
May 01, 2015 14:26 EDT - Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Two men are suing a Catholic priest, the Louisville archdiocese and a Dominican nun, claiming they were sexually abused by the priest in the 1970s and the church failed to protect them.
The Rev. James Schook, was convicted last year of molesting one of the two. He is serving a 15-year prison sentence.
The 67-year-old Schook was tried on allegations that he abused both boys, but convicted for just one. His attorney argued that the second man was of legal age when the relationship began.
The lawsuit names Schook, the Archdiocese of Louisville and Sister Eleanor F. Tierney as defendants. It was filed Thursday under seal. Kentucky law requires lawsuits involving claims of sexual abuse more than five years old to be sealed until a judge orders it opened.
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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