For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 29 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
A priest has been suspended from ministry in New Mexico because of credible allegations of child sex crimes.
He is Fr. Timothy Conlon.
We hope every single person who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Conlon – or cover ups by his church colleagues or supervisors – will call police, expose wrongdoing, and protect kids.
We hope every single current or former Catholic employee – in New Mexico or North Dakota - will do everything they can to seek out and help anyone who was hurt by Fr. Conlon. We hope every single Catholic parishioner does likewise.
It's irresponsible to do nothing just because the crimes may have happened elsewhere or long ago. Child molesters rarely stop. And police and prosecutors are getting more creative and aggressive about pursuing even older child sex crimes.
So it's our job to share what we know and suspect with law enforcement. It's their job to determine whether charges can be filed.
The bottom line – staying silent helps predators and hurts kids.