For immediate release: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
In a recently released deposition, a predator priest admits the Twin Cities archdiocese took no action against him after abuse allegations were reported. We are not surprised, but we're deeply disappointed that Catholic officials were and are so reckless with the safety of children.
Fr. Jerome Kern is one of 30 priests the archdiocese recently admitted has credible abuse allegations against them.
We hope, as more and more of these revelations come to light, that parishioners and parents will be able to better protect their children and demand that church officials act legally, responsibly, and in line with their own codes of conduct.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have 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)