For immediate release: Monday, June 29, 2015
For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda (firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-708-6175 cell), Cappy Larson (email@example.com, 415-637-2006)
Bishop retired for sexual misconduct is quietly reinstated
He now works as a “parish priest” in a Pennsylvania church
Victims say it’s an “dangerous, deceptive and callous” move
SNAP wants Orthodox Church officials to take immediate action
A support group for survivors of sexual abuse recently received a phone tip that an Orthodox bishop retired for sexual misconduct was now working as a “parish priest” in a Pennsylvania church.
For us, this will be a draining distraction from our child safety work. But for these brave two families, we fear this will be much worse. Jiang’s victims are suffering. The parents of Fr. Jiang’s victims are suffering. All of them will now suffer even more.
Jiang fears being imprisoned. Carlson fears being exposed. If they can shut folks up, their wrongdoing stays hidden. That’s what this is all about – intimidating others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups into staying silent.
For immediate release: Thursday, June 25
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
Exactly three decade after he was suspended because of child sex crimes, the Vatican has defrocked one of Worcester’s most notorious predator priests, along with two other child molesting clerics. But local Catholic officials, who hid these decisions for at least six months, must do more.