Victims focus on 3 predator priests
Two are new, “outed” for 1st time this week
Neither has attracted public attention in Chicago
One eventually went to India, the other to Las Vegas
The 3rd is the most prolific abuser: at least 35 victims
He worked mostly in African American neighborhoods
As church-goers enter mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out fliers highlighting three predator priests whose records were released this week.
Two of them were "outed" for the first time on Tuesday. The third is perhaps Chicago's most prolific predator priest (with at least 35 victims).
The leaflets urge Chicago Catholics to
--help them track down where other suspected or defrocked pedophile priests are living or working now, so their unsuspecting neighbors might be warned that dangerous men are nearby,
--ask their loved ones if any of them were hurt by child molesting clerics, and
--insist that archdiocesan officials punish the “enablers” - the church staffers who ignored or hid evidence or warnings of clergy sex crimes, especially those clerics whose names appear in the soon-to-be-released records.
Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11:45 a.m.
Victims want law enforcement to “step up”
Group urges more action by police & prosecutors
"Use bully pulpit to beg others to come forward," SNAP says
And victims want a bishop ousted from board of a boys' home
“Others who concealed abuse must be disciplined too,” they say
That's never happens & that's why cover ups continue, SNAP contends
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Chicago law enforcement officials to
--aggressively and publicly beg those with knowledge or suspicions of clergy sex crimes to step forward,
–launch grand jury investigations into the ongoing church abuse & cover up scandal, and
--be more resourceful about bringing ANY kind of charge against complicit officials.
The group will also urge the Chicago Catholic hierarchy to
--remove a “complicit” bishop from the board of a local boys home, and
--prevent future cover ups by punishing other “enablers” - the church staffers who ignored or hid evidence or warnings of clergy sex crimes, especially those clerics whose names appear in the just-released, long-secret church abuse records.
TODAY, Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 1:45 p.m.
Victims prod Polish government
They want two accused clerics to face justice
Group to secular authorities: “Insist on their return”
Leading advocate to Catholic officials: “Pressure the Vatican"
SNAP wants “aggressive outreach” to possible victims in Poland
Victims beg others to “step forward”
Pedophile priest case heads toward trial
Support group seeks other's who've been hurt
SNAP: “If you saw, suspected or suffered crimes, speak up!”
Group also wants bishop to post predators' names on church websites
It's the most important step bishops can take to protect kids now,” SNAP says
Thirty US dioceses have done this; in SC, at least 13 priests are publicly accused
Victims want to know where predator priests are now
They beg Catholics: “Help us find abusers & warn others”
30 child molesting clerics' records made public on Tuesday
Some of them live among unsuspecting neighbors, SNAP says
Victims blast Chicago Catholic officials for hiding their whereabouts
“Parishioners should read the new files & insist that “enablers” be punished
He’s never been exposed in Chicago before
Cleric worked for ten years at south side parish
And despite allegations against him, he’s still on the job in MA
SNAP also exposes nine Jesuits who shielded notorious pedophile
He’s in prison, was Mother Teresa’s confessor & molested Chicago kids
Cardinal George should denounce and discipline those who shielded him
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
-- publicly expose, for the first time, a credibly accused child molesting cleric who spent six years at a Chicago parish and is still on the job today in Massachusetts,
-- make public a list of nine Jesuit priests who ignored or hid reports and warnings about a high-profile convicted serial predator priest,
They will also urge Cardinal Francis George to
--publicly denounce the nine Jesuits and urge their supervisors to discipline them, and
--take similar steps to punish any archdiocesan officials who are shown (in the soon-to-be-released 6,000 pages of church abuse records) to have protected predators or endangered kids.
Victims to Bishop: Come clean about fugitive cleric
Stop defending indicted priest, SNAP urges Catholic official
Bishop must not use bankruptcy to stonewall victims, they say
Victims “out” nine Catholic predators
They have not been exposed in Chicago before
And none of their records will be released by archdiocese
Yet all worked and lived in the area, sometimes for years
George keeps “hairsplitting” & hiding religious order offenders
Group to church officials: “Disclose ALL child molesting clerics”
SNAP begs Catholics: “Read the actual documents when posted next week”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, on the day hundreds of pages of long secret clergy sex abuse and cover up records will be turned over, victims and supporters will release names and information about nine child molesting clerics who worked in the Chicago area, abused elsewhere and have almost never been publicly disclosed in this area before as offenders.
They will also
---urge Cardinal Francis George to post names, photos & records of ALL archdiocesan predators (not just the ones who are sued),
-- do the same with religious order clerics, so that kids can be protected and victims can heal, and
---blast him for continuing to protect a third or more of the abusive clerics who have been in Chicago.
Victims leaflet outside cathedral
They urge church members & staff to report suspicions
Group blasts Pope Francis for refusing to protect children
Catholic officials should encourage reporting to police
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers to passers-by encouraging anyone with information about sexual misconduct with children report and blasting Pope Francis and Catholic officials for refusing to protect children.
They will also urge church officials to “actively seek out” anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered” clergy sex or cover ups and beg them to call police and prosecutors so that kids might be safer.
Victims to leaflet outside cathedral
They tell Catholics “Spread predators’ names”
And “Read documents to be released next week”
SNAP advises parishioners to “Ignore George’s spin”
And it blasts church officials for keeping McCormack records sealed
Group charges that 1/3 of Chicago’s child molesting clerics are still hidden
SNAP: "Ignore Cardinal George's letter
Instead, victims want predators' names read aloud
And they blast church officials for keeping McCormack records sealed
“It’s self-serving for George to hide files that will show the real truth,”
And group charges that a third of Chicago’s child molesting clerics are
still not revealed
Victims want church’s help
Two accused predators worked there
One’s in prison; the other’s at a different church
Self help group says “If you were hurt, come forward”
It also urges Houston congregation to “do outreach to others”
Catholics urge judge to “hold firm”
They want “openness” about predator priests
Groups to archbishop: “Start obeying court order”
“Our donations should not go to church lawyers,” they say
“Nor should our contributions finance more hurtful secrecy”
Victims to hand fliers out to church-goers
It urges those who “saw, suspected or suffered” crimes to speak up
They beg prosecutor to appeal
To Archbishop Chaput “stop stonewalling prosecutors”
They reach out to others who have been abused
Support group begs “Break your silence & get help”
“That’s best way to heal & protect others,” SNAP says