Letter to New Jersey Bishops

Dear Newark Archbishop John Myers, Metuchen Bishop Paul Bootkoski, and Trenton Bishop David O'Connell:

We have learned recently that three more credibly accused child molesting clerics have worked in your dioceses. Two (Fr. Eusebio Pantoja and Fr. Rubin Abaya) have never been “outed” here in New Jersey before today. One (Fr. Joseph B. DiPeri) was just “outed” here last week.

The three worked in Perth Amboy (Metuchen diocese), Rumson (Trenton diocese), and Jersey City, Newark, Garfield, Summit and Englewood (all in the Newark archdiocese.) They may have also been assigned to substitute work in other parishes or Catholic institutions.

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Catholic officials admits nun abuse is “invisible;” SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Aug. 9          

Statement by Steve Theisen of Hudson IA, Iowa director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (319 231 1663, Ltreggiefan@cs.com)

Next week, America’s largest group of nuns meets in Orlando. And today, a former top Catholic official publicly admits that child sex crimes by nuns are “invisible.” 

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/judge-sisters-need-investigate-abuse-allegations

But he opposes changing church policy so the same child sex guidelines that govern bishops would govern nuns. We strongly disagree. 

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IA - Youth pastor arrested for sexual abuse of two teenage girls

For immediate release: August 8, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A Des Moines youth pastor has been charged with child sex crimes. His church supervisors and members must now seek out others who he may have hurt.

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NY- Victims blast prominent school re: privacy violations

For immediate release: Thursday, August 8, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Shame on the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn and the board and staff of St. Francis Prep for trying to intimidate victims of sexual abuse and harassment.

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IL- Joliet predator priest deported; What about his enablers?

For immediate release: Wednesday, Aug. 7

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Fr. Alejandro Flores, a convicted Joliet predator priest, has been deported to Bolivia. Those who enabled him to hurt kids, however, are escaping scot-free.

(We believe he has not been defrocked. So he should be referred to as “Fr. Flores.” He is NOT, we believe, “a former Catholic priest.” We believe he’s still being paid.)

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NY- Dozen more claims added to Manhattan high school molestation suit

For immediate release: August 7, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

More victims have signed up in a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against a prestigious Manhattan high school.

The suit charges that crimes by principal Rabbi George Finkelstein and teacher Rabbi Macy Gordon have been concealed by Yeshiva University High School for decades.

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KY- Church officials condemn whistleblower; SNAP responds

For immediate release: August 7, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Religious figures attack a man who reported “serial physical and sexual abuse of children covered up" by church officials” claiming that his account is slander and “unbiblical”.

Brent Detwiler filed a lawsuit in January against the Sovereign Grace Ministries, a national network of churches, saying that the defendants, despite knowing the facts on multiple child abuse cases, “cared more about protecting its financial and institutional standing than about protecting children, its most vulnerable members” and therefore “failed to stop repeated and ongoing sexual predation occurring at SGM churches and organization”.

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UK- Judge frees predator while asserting victim is to blame

For immediate release: August 6, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

A man credibly accused of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl and was found with possession of child pornography was freed today by a judge in Essex asserting that victim was at fault. 

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NJ-Priest withdraws after sexual misconduct report, SNAP responds

For immediate release: August 6, 2013

Statement by SNAP director David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A man’s report of clergy sexual misconduct at a seminary is preventing a Catholic priest from taking over a New Jersey parish.

In June, Paterson Catholic diocese officials announced that Fr. Brando Ibarra would head St. Jude’s parish in Budd Lake. But after David Fagersten of Chicago complained to Mount Olive officials that Fr. Ibarra tried to rape him years ago, Fr. Ibarra has opted to not take the Budd Lake assignment.

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IL - Chicago man accuses priest of sexual misdeeds at Chicago seminary

For immediate release: August 6, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A Chicago man’s report of clergy sexual misconduct at a Chicago seminary is preventing a Catholic priest from taking over a parish in New Jersey.

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Pedophile priest case vs. Vatican tossed; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, Aug. 6

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Once again, smart and aggressive lawyering has protected top Catholic officials from having to answer in court for their repeated and reckless secrecy and complicity in a troubling child sex abuse and cover up case.

The 11 year old case of Joe V. Doe v. the Holy See, filed in Oregon federal court, has been withdrawn.

Fortunately, however, a similar case in the UK is proceeding. It involves a woman who was sexually assaulted by Father Wilfred Baldwin.

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WV- Pastor pleads not guilty to credible sex abuse charges

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com

For immediate release August 6, 2013

A 14-year-old girl reported to police in April that the pastor, who also worked at Kanawha County Schools, had inappropriately touched her.

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