MI & HI--Prolific “missing” ex-Detroit abusive cleric “found” in Hawaii; Victims respond
For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
An abusive Catholic cleric – who is suspected of molesting more than 50 kids and whose whereabouts were deemed “unknown” by church officials - has turned up in Hawaii. Though his church supervisors knew of his crimes as far back as the 1960s, they let keep teaching in Michigan and four other states
He’s Brother Edward C. “Chris” Courtney. He taught at a Catholic school in Birmingham Michigan (and worked at church institutions in IL, NY, NV and WA).
We urge Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron to use pulpit announcements, parish bulletins, church websites and other tools to aggressively seek out others in Michigan who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Courtney or cover ups by his colleagues.
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.