NE--Two predator priests “outed” for first time
For immediate release: Monday, July 13
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Two predator priests “outed” for first time
They spent time in two Nebraska Catholic dioceses
Both are “credibly accused child molesters,” church admits
Long secret records about them were just released last week
More hidden documents will be disclosed in the months ahead
Two Catholic priests who spent time in Nebraska have been publicly identified for the first time as “credibly accused” child molesters and a victims group wants local church officials to “aggressively seek out and help” others who have been hurt by them.
They are Fr. Michael Charland and Fr. Emil Twardochleb.
According to the Official Catholic Directory, in 1972, Fr. Charland was a full-time student at the Oblate House of Studies at Creighton University. In 1968, Fr. Twardochleb worked at St. Patrick’s parish in McCook, NE
Fr. Charland is now a psychologist in the Twin Cities area. Fr. Twardochleb is deceased. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/07/oblate-names-released
“We’re afraid Fr. Charland may be hurting kids right now,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis. He heads an international support group called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “And it’s very likely others who were hurt by both priests are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame. Omaha’s archbishop, other clerics and lay Catholics should do everything possible to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded through aggressive outreach to others victims witnesses and whistleblowers.”
SNAP is also
-- prodding anyone who was hurt by the priests to speak up and get help, and
-- prodding Catholic officials in Omaha, Minnesota, Belleville and elsewhere to “come clean” with more information about the priests and aggressively seek out their victims.
Creighton is in the Omaha Archdiocese which is headed by Archbishop George Lucas. McCook is in the Lincoln diocese which is headed by Bishop James D. Conley.
“Over the years, these predators had easy access to literally thousands of girls and boys in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and elsewhere,” said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for SNAP. “There could be dozens of adults mired in pain because of their crimes. Prelates in Nebraska, Canada, Minnesota, Mississippi, Texas, Wisconsin and North Dakota and South Dakota should use parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements to aggressively seek out and offer help to these wounded victims.”
Records about seven predator priests are being released as part of a lawsuit settlement. Only one of the priests (Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald) has been publicly exposed before as a credibly accused child molester.
More details about each of the predators and their specific work histories (including dates, parishes and photos) is available at AndersonAdvocates.com
The records release stems from a civil lawsuit brought in Minnesota against the Oblates by a man who reports having been molested by Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald. The settlement involved only the Oblates, so the case against the dioceses of Duluth and New Ulm (where the seven also worked) continues. So more long-hidden church records will be divulged in the months ahead.
Both priests also worked in Canada and Minnesota. Fr. Charland also worked in Mississippi, Texas, and Wisconsin. Fr. Twardochleb also worked in Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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