MT - Records of Montana predator priest are released
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)
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.