A letter to Bishop O’Connell and Bishop Serratelli

May 7, 2013

Most Reverend David O’Connell

701 Lawrenceville Rd

Trenton, NJ  08648

Dear Bishop O’Connell,

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IL- Catholic monk jailed again; “Where’s the outrage?” SNAP asks

One week. Catholic officials couldn’t keep a monk away from children for one week, even after the monk was forbidden to have contact with children and had been arrested and charged with a felony for attempted child abduction and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

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Victims want action from two NJ bishops

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging two New Jersey Catholic bishops to discipline church employees who let an admitted predator priest work recently in their dioceses.

They also want the bishops to warn their flocks about the priest and aggressively seek out anyone who “may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by him.”

Leaders of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) are writing the bishops in Trenton and Paterson about Fr. Michael Fugee.

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TX- Church members attack victim, SNAP responds

A pastor at the Church of Corinth near Dallas, TX was arrested last week on charges of attempting to make a teenager strip for him. The police have the entire 2 hour attack on audio tape and suspect there maybe more victims.

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MO- Accused teacher was at 11 schools in 11 years

Eleven schools in eleven years. That's the troubling track record of teacher Joseph Thomas Maddock who has been charged with sexually assaulting a ten year old student. This doesn't pass the smell test. We strongly suspect that staff and parents at several of these schools knew of or suspected Maddock's crimes and did little or nothing to stop him. The notion that a child molesting teacher moves so much so quickly but no one sees or suspects anything suspicious defies logic and common sense.

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PA- Priest is new temporary head of Harrisburg diocese; SNAP responds

Fr. Robert Gillelan is the new temporary head of the Harrisburg Catholic diocese. We hope he'll promptly post on the diocesan website the names and whereabouts of all the child molesting clerics who have worked or lived in the Harrisburg area.

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NH- priest resigns from church treatment center

Today, a former high ranking New Hampshire diocesan Catholic official has stepped down from his position because of allegations of sexual and financial impropriety.

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IL- Ex Peoria bishop in trouble on abuse; SNAP responds

Peoria’s former Catholic bishop is now in hot water in New Jersey.

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HI- Settlement reached in ND/HI abuse case, SNAP responds

A civil child sex abuse and cover up case involving a Hawaii Catholic priest and a North Dakota Catholic diocese has been settled.

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NY- Cardinal rushing to defend priest being investigated for potential financial misdeeds

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan is rushing to judgment and defending a priest being investigated for potential financial misdeeds.

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MO- Biondi must deal with predator priests, SNAP says

Before he leaves office, we hope Fr. Lawrence Biondi addresses the ten publicly accused predator priests who live/lived or work/worked at SLU: Fr. Franklyn Becker, Fr. Edward Beutner, Fr. Charles H. Miller, Fr. Daniel C. O’Connell, Fr. Juan Carlos Duran, Fr. Eugene Maio, Fr. Jack Campbell, Fr. Chester E. Gaiter, Fr. Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl and Fr. Vincent W. Bryce.

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Dallas bishop promoted to El Paso; SNAP’s worried

We are troubled by the promotion of Bishop Seitz from Dallas to El Paso. Seitz comes from a diocese (Dallas) with a disturbing record on children’s safety and from a school (St. John’s University) with an even more disturbing record on children’s safety.

-See BishopAccountability.org and http://www.behindthepinecurtain.com/wordpress/welcome

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