NV- Abuse case against priest settles
For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org)
At least one of 30 clergy sex abuse and cover up cases that just settled in Missouri is against a Catholic priest who lives in the Reno area and was working in a parish as recently as four years ago.
He's Fr. Thomas Cronin who was sued in October 2010 for allegedly molesting a teenage girl in the Kansas City area.
Fr. Cronin is a Kansas City native who was sent to Nevada more than 15 years ago. He heads a non-profit in Nevada that is reportedly trying to open a shelter for abused women.
We urge Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn and Reno Bishop Randolph Calvo to warn the public about this potentially dangerous man and alert police, prosecutors, parishioners and parents about this settlement.
It's worth noting that KC Catholic officials insisted on settling all 30 of these cases at once. Had they believed Fr. Cronin might have been innocent, they could have - and likely should have - refused to settle his case. But it seems clear that KC's bishop knows that the allegations against Fr. Cronin are credible. We strongly suspect that KC Catholic officials knew years ago that these accusations were credible and that's why they moved Fr. Cronin to Nevada.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have 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)
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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