MN--Victims applaud MN pedophile priest verdict

MN--Victims applaud MN pedophile priest verdict

For immediate release: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

We applaud a Minnesota jury for awarding $8.1 million to a victim of a predator priest. This verdict will protect kids and deter cover ups of child sex crimes.

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2015/11/04/jury-returns-81-m-verdict-in-duluth-priest-sex-abuse-case/75172426/

Victims often stay silent, assuming no one will believe them, help them, or take serious action. Today’s verdict shows that this assumption is no longer true. We hope the wisdom of this jury and the courage of this victim will prod others who are victims of sexual violence to come forward, seek justice, prevent crimes and expose those who commit and conceal heinous abuse against children.

This is a warning to bishops who pretend they’re powerless over religious order clerics working in their dioceses. The jury said that Duluth’s bishop is responsible for most of the harm done by this predator priest, even though the priest’s paycheck was signed by a legally separate entity, the Oblates.

The bottom line is that every bishop is responsible for the safety of every Catholic kid from every Catholic pedophile, whether the offender is a Jesuit, a Marianist, an Oblate or whatever. Hair-splitting may work for bishops as a public relations strategy. It works less well as a legal defense strategy.

The pedophile priest in this case, Fr. J. Vincent Fitzgerald, worked in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, South Dakota and Minnesota. http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/assign/Fitzgerald_J_Vincent_OMI.htm

(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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.comSNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Frank Meuers of Plymouth MN, SNAP director Southern Minnesota (952-334-5180frankameuers@gmail.com), Verne Wagner of Duluth, SNAP director Northern Minnesota (218-340-1277lwagsmn@yahoo.com)

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  • commented 2015-11-05 07:36:29 -0600
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  • commented 2015-11-04 23:36:21 -0600
    In Santa Barbara the bishop I had to report a Jesuit priest abuser to was himself a sexual predator (Patrick ziemann)! I
    Imagine the devastation I felt learning the bishop my therapist and I went to visit at the chancery office had several allegation against him plus he admitted to having sex regularly with a priest from Costa Rica he brought to live with him on call for sex! Bishop ziemann also admitted to extortion of millions of dollars from the Santa Rosa diocese..cardinal leveda refused to press charges and sent bishp ziemann to a beautiful retreat in Arizona to live out his life.. Yes reporting a Jesuit priest who pled no contest to abusing a boy to a predator bishop was just one more despicable experience.
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