Victims to Archbishop: Fire your review board
They OK’ed admitted child predator for ministry, even after Priest yanked in LA for abusive past
Chicago board refused to meet with victim
Newly exposed documents say cleric would have no unsupervised contact with kids
But cleric still works with kids, presents himself as priest
Archdiocese, Cupich defies zero tolerance vow, group says
What: At a sidewalk news conference, victims of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church will attempt to hand-deliver a letter to the Chicago Archbishop. The letter cites a Chicago Tribune story about an admitted predator priest in Chicago. It also demands that Archbishop Blase Cupich:
Predator priest and doctor is sued for first time
Molester held parties at lake with alcohol, adults and teenagers
He also took boy out of state & assaulted him after his mom died
Victims group begs bishop to post names of other pedophile priests
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will publicly
--announce a new child abuse lawsuit against a Kansas City priest who’s also a therapist,
--prod the archbishop to post the names of credibly accused predators on diocesan website, and
--urge those who see, suspect or suffer clergy sex crimes and cover ups to keep calling police and prosecutors, not church officials.
School board is re-traumatizing victims, group charges
District argues in court that teacher didn’t abuse kids
But he’s has been criminally convicted of child sexual crimes
Group urges taxpayers to insist that board stop “hardball legal tactic”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, sex abuse survivors will blast public school officials for claiming that kids were not abused by a child molesting teacher who was convicted for molesting those same kids. The group will also urge the school board to:
-- “stop playing legal hardball and re-victimizing these youngsters,”
--denounce the legal strategy of claiming that victims were not abused,
--apologize for and explain their rationale for making “this intimidating move,” and
--disclose and discipline those who approved this tactic.
Groups to hand leaflets to church-goers
At least two priests at parish accused of abusing kids
One victim, with pending lawsuit, is being publicly identified for 1st time
Concerned Catholics say Rockford Catholic officials mistreat victims & parishioners
Diocese keeps hiding its secret documents on credibly accused abusive priests, they say
Catholics will be urged to consider withholding donations until kids are better protected
As parishioners leave and enter a local church for mass, supporters of clergy abuse victims will disclose
---that two priests who worked at their parish are accused of molesting kids, and
---the identity of a previously-anonymous man who is suing one of those priests for abuse.
The group will also hand out fliers urging the church-goers to:
---demand that their church officials make public all of its secret files on all of its credibly accused priests,
---stop donating to the church until their bishop stops a) concealing child sex crimes, b) supporting and paying sex offender clerics, and c) callously mistreating victims of clergy sex crimes
As bankruptcy ends Monday, Milwaukee deaf survivors asking Archbishop Listecki to join them in meeting with Pope
Nearly five year old bankruptcy may end at Monday morning hearing for 575 survivors who filed cases
Deaf survivors say “major issues and concerns about justice, criminal fraud and financial mismanagement remain uninvestigated and unresolved”
Milwaukee's 575 victims of clergy child sex assault preparing for Monday's final bankruptcy settlement hearing
Plan will leave major issues, including identities, case histories and locations of dozens of alleged offenders secret
Settlement will also stop investigation into former Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s $60 million Cemetery “Fraud” Trust
Victim/survivors of childhood rape, sexual assault and abuse by priests of the Milwaukee Archdiocese will be attending a final confirmation hearing for the nearly five year old Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy and will be conducting a press conference on the steps of the Federal Courthouse after the hearing. Survivors are also available for comment this weekend (see contact information below).
The Church needs to do more to protect children, help survivors, as well as live up to its promise of being open and transparent.
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, Boston clergy sex abuse victims will be speaking out after the premiere of the movie “Spotlight” here in Boston this weekend, and giving their personal feelings viewing it, along with what action the church needs to take to protect children and help wounded survivors.
Victims to leaflet at Southside church
Prominent pastor faces recent abuse charges
Despite these serious allegations, he’s still on the job
Group wants him removed “for the safety of other kids”
SNAP to congregants: “Protect innocent children, not accused clergy”
Before a church service, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will pass out leaflets to parishioners asking them to:
–urge their church officials to remove an accused predator from the pulpit, and
–beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered child sex crimes to contact the authorities;
They will also remind congregants to:
--reach out to family members and friends who may have been victimized, and
--make sure that survivors are not suffering alone and in silence.
Accused prominent pastor is arraigned
As recently as last year, he reportedly assaulted girl
SNAP: “High profile minister is still on the job in a church now!”
He’s been in leadership posts with national Baptist organization
Holding signs and childhood photos outside an arraignment hearing for an accused, prominent predatory pastor, clergy sex abuse victims will
-- praise the brave teen who reported wrongdoing and denounce those who allow the accused to remain in ministry, and
-- beg “anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered” the minister’s crimes to call police immediately.
New settlement involves convicted priest
Two victims of notorious predator resolve case
But Catholic officials are fighting against a third victim
SNAP to new church head: "Stop exploiting legal technicalities"
Church lawyers still minimize young girl “up skirt” photos, group says
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will disclose that two more cases against KC’s most notorious predator priest have settled.
New bishop should act on two accused clerics
Group says it’s willing to meet with new prelate
But only on one condition: “Take prevention steps 1st”
SNAP to Johnston: “That will be “a sign of good faith”
Victims want warnings about priests who now live elsewhere
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will
--challenge the new head of the Kansas City MO (KC) Catholic diocese to warn others about three accused clerics,
--offer to meet with him, but ONLY if he takes “tangible prevention steps first,” and
--warn KC citizens and Catholics against complacency just because Bishop Robert Finn is gone.
They will also try to hand deliver a letter outlining their concerns to the new bishop.
Priest who was here last year is accused
Allegation comes from internal church memo
He’s the 7th Belleville priest “outed” this year for first time
Group will write their names on church headquarters sidewalk
Six of them are “credibly accused child molesters,” church admits
“Continuing secrecy violates Pope Francis’ latest promises,” group says
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--disclose an internal US Bishop Conference memo – under the heading “WARNING” – that names a never-before-accused priest who worked in the Belleville diocese last year,
Pope’s promise to “end secrecy” means Chaput must act, group says
SNAP: Pontiff’s ‘accountability’ pledge means “enablers” must be punished
Self-help organization wants three recent local abuse cases to be “re-examined”
Holding signs and childhood photos, after Pope Francis has ended his historic US visit, clergy sex abuse victims will urge Philly area Catholics and their church officials to honor and act on the promises he made. Specifically, the victims will urge Archbishop Charles Chaput to
-- discipline even a few priests who hid or ignored child sex crimes, and
-- disclose more about and “re-visit” three recent clergy sex abuse cases.
Pope’s promise to “end secrecy” means prelates must act, group says
SNAP: Pontiff’s ‘accountability’ pledge means “enablers” must be punished
Self help organization wants two ---three recent local abuse cases to be “re-examined”
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims will urge all US Catholic bishops – including DC’s archbishop - to honor and act on the promises Pope Francis made yesterday. Specifically, the victims will urge America’s bishops and DC Archbishop Donald Wuerl to
-- disclose names of church staff who CONCEALED child sex crimes,
-- disclose (and post on church websites) names of clerics who COMMITTED child sex crimes, and
-- publicly “defrock, demote or at least discipline” the “enablers.’
They will also prod Wuerl to disclose more about and “re-visit” three recent clergy sex abuse cases.
SNAP: “Prelates fight secular child safety bills”
Battles are being waged in places Francis visits: PA, DC & NY
“Chaput uses flock’s donations to protect predators,” group says
It begs church-goers: “Donate elsewhere until real change happens”
SNAP: “As Francis talks of ‘protecting families,’ bishops ‘fight them in court’”
Holding signs and childhood photos, after Francis’ mass, clergy sex abuse victims will
--urge the pope to make his bishops, in PA & elsewhere, stop blocking better child safety laws,