KY--Predator priest loses appeal; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, May 6
Now that he’s lost his appeal, convicted child molester Fr. James Schook should give it a rest, do his time, stop re-victimizing his victims and let them heal without more desperate, self-serving legal maneuvers.
And it’s time for Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to cut off funds for the proven predator’s lawyers, if he hasn’t done so already.
(Just days ago, across the river, Springfield IL Bishop Thomas Paprocki admitted he’s paying the legal bills of a suspended, disobedient, credibly accused predator priest, Fr. Robert “Bud” DeGrand.
Finally, it’s time for Kurtz and his priests to aggressively seek out and offer help to others who were hurt by Fr. Shook and are suffering in shame, silence and self-blame.
We hope this decision brings comfort to Fr. Schook’s victims. And we hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Schook or cover ups by his church supervisors will come forward, expose wrongdoers, call police, protect kids and start healing.
It’s also worth noting that a top Louisville Catholic official, Brian Reynolds, misled police about the Fr. Schook case: http://www.snapnetwork.org/catholic_official_mislead_police_snap_says
(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)
Kim Richardson, email@example.com
Jeff Koenig, 502-608-2738
Appeals court upholds former priest's sex abuse conviction : MAY 8, 2015
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest serving a prison sentence for sexual abuse has lost an appeal of his conviction.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals this week upheld James Schook's conviction on three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent or immoral practices. The charges stemmed from . . .
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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