MA--Victims applaud police & challenge Catholic officials
For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
We’re grateful to the Chicopee police for warning the public about ex-priest Richard Lavigne. We wish Springfield Catholic officials would likewise step up and alert and remind parents about this dangerous man.
The mere passage of time doesn’t make child molesters less dangerous. We believe Lavigne is still a threat to kids. We hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will find the courage to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect children.
And we hope that Springfield Catholic officials who recruited, educated, ordained, trained, hired, transferred and shielded Fr. Lavigne for decades will also aggressively seek out and support others who were hurt by him and beg them to call law enforcement. We hope that Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will lead this effort. But if he doesn’t, we hope that other church staff in the diocese will show real courage and use pulpit announcements, church bulletins and parish websites to do it.
Our hearts go out to the brave Crouteau family and everyone else who has been impacted by Lavigne’s crimes and church cover ups of those crimes.
(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)
Latest sex offender notice from Chicopee police includes defrocked Roman Catholic priest
By Patrick Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org on February 08, 2016 at 11:12 AM
CHICOPEE - Police on Monday released information on two registered Level 3 sex offenders residing in Chicopee as a way to alert the community of their presence.
Neither man is wanted for any crimes and police warn against harassing either of them.
One of the two names, Richard Lavigne, is likely to . . .