Maine Bishop Must Do Outreach Regarding Recently Named Abusive Priest
A former Maine Catholic priest was deemed ‘credibly accused’ last week and put on a list of abusive priests by Catholic officials in Texas. Now, Maine church staff should aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.
Fr. Paul M. Clogan was a Maine diocesan priest who spent two years in Waterville at Holy Spirit parish and in Machias at Holy Name parish and at the University of Maine at Machias.
He was arrested in 2005 in Texas and charged with groping a 16 year old boy in a movie theater. In 2008, his criminal trial ended in a mistrial before a jury was seated. A new trial was to be held in 2008 but never took place.
Given this determination, as well as bishops’ pledges to be transparent and put care for survivors first, we believe that Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland must seek out anyone who may have been hurt by Fr. Clogan while the priest spent time in the Diocese of Portland. Bishop Deeley should use all tools at his exposure to reach out to potential victims, including parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements.
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(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. 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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