For immediate release: Tuesday, June 25
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Even now, an admitted and convicted Newark predator priest is living in an undisclosed rectory, Archbishop John Myers admitted in a newly published interview.
That’s outrageously reckless. Myers should immediately move Fr. Michael Fugee to a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center, far away from those he has hurt.
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
Priest abuse trial starts
St. Louis cleric is accused in Colorado
He allegedly repeatedly molested boy
And he reportedly took child to get nipplies pierced
Prosecutors say priest gave booze, pot and cigarettes too
Rape is an act of violence, not stupidity. And victims are never to blame for it, no matter how old they are, what they wear, where they are or what they're doing. What Ms. Williams said was stupid. What those rapists did was criminal.
For immediate release: Wednesday, June 19
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)
We’re appalled by the recklessness of Dominica Catholic Bishop Malzaire in the case of Fr. Reginald Lafleur, an alleged child sex offender.
Fr. John Celichowski of the Capuchins religious order said Tuesday "through much of our history as a province, we have failed victims and survivors.”
Capuchin report: 46 friars alleged to have assaulted children, 23 named
Abuse “audit” a good and important start, but much more needs to be done, victims say
Order spent “eight times” more on lawyers than compensating victims
But key abuse documents have yet to be obtained or were destroyed
A prominent Catholic lawyer who once headed the American Catholic bishops’ top sex abuse panel is harshly criticizing, in a rare and stunningly candid manner, Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn.
For now, Vatican officials will not face criminal charges
ICC prosecutor may reconsider with 'new facts or information'
SNAP: “We’ll keep bringing forward proof of church complicity”
The Southern Baptist Convection has passed a resolution urging people to report child sex crimes to law enforcement. Big deal.
A prominent Catholic canon lawyer who once headed the American Catholic bishops’ top sex abuse panel is harshly criticizing, in a rare and stunningly candid manner, Newark Archbishop John Myers.
We are here today to protect kids. For far too long, SBC church officials have remained silent on what we believe to be a systemic problem of inappropriate and dangerous responses within Southern Baptist churches when Baptist clergy are credibly accused of child sexual abuse.
Church staff and members often immediately and even publicly rally around an accused child molester instead of keeping an open mind and urging anyone with information to come forward. Then, victims, witnesses and whistleblowers are intimidated or frightened and stay silent, many times, for decades. As a result, all too often, those who commit and conceal child sex crimes walk free, remain hidden and hurt others.
Sexual orientation isn’t the real problem. Sexually active and thus compromised clerics are the real problem.
Allegedly celibate men (gay or straight) can, and often do, take advantage of their status and power. They often sexually exploit innocent children and vulnerable adults. And when they do, they become unable or unwilling to “blow the whistle” on others who commit or conceal misconduct, whether sexual or financial. The corruption then spreads unchecked.