For immediate release: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
More than 30 pages of long-secret Catholic church records about a predator priest who worked in four Montana parishes have been made public as part of a 2007 settlement.
He is Fr. John Kohnke. He worked in Hingham, Sunburst, Chester and Shelby.
Here are the files: http://www.lorpb.com/documents/Clergy-September/Norbertines-(Kohnke).PDF
Here's an article about the release of the files:
Here's what we think should happen now:
Both Montana bishops should publicly
--announce the release of these files, and
--post the names and files of each of these predators on their diocesan websites, so that more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers might come forward, the criminals will be prosecuted and jailed, and kids will be safer and victims will get help. (NOTE: Fr. Kohnke is deceased, so he can't be prosecuted. But we suspect that other current and former Catholic employees who may have concealed his crimes might still be prosecuted.)
Here's a statement we issued yesterday about the files:
And here's more info on Fr. Kohnke from http://bishopaccountability.org/
Contact: David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)