NY- Victims blast Dolan’s secrecy
He hides child sex allegations for months
Three child molesting clerics worked at one parish
Group to Cardinal: “Go to parish, seek out victims”
SNAP doubts Dolan’s claim that deacon was ousted months ago
It also challenges him to say when he first learned of abuse from cops
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will harshly criticize NYC’s Cardinal Tim Dolan for
-- hiding credible child sex abuse accusations against a deacon for months,
-- allegedly suspending the deacon months ago but doing it quietly, and
--asking parishioners with information to call church officials instead of law enforcement officials.
The will also
-- urge Dolan to personally visit the parish seeking out other victims, and
-- urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes in New York – by this cleric or others – to call police, protect kids and expose wrongdoing.
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
On sidewalk outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral (5th Avenue entrance) in New York City
Three members of a clergy sex abuse victims’ support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
On Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan ousted a deacon from his post because of substantiated child sex abuse allegations. But Dolan admits waiting months to do so. He won’t say when police gave information about the predator to the archdiocese. And in a letter to parishioners on Sunday and a news release yesterday, Dolan claims he suspended the deacon months ago but offers no proof of having done this.
SNAP believes parishioners, parents and the public deserve straight answers about this case from Dolan, especially in light of Dolan’s repeated pledges to be “open” about clergy child sex cases. They want him to hold an open meeting at the predator’s parish and take questions from the public.
Deacon Al Mazza is the third cleric at Holy Name of Mary church in Croton-on-Hudson to be credibly accused of child sex crimes. In his letter to parishioners, Dolan refused to name the other two. They are Fr. Gennaro L. “Jerry” Gentile and Fr. Kenneth A. Jesselli. Both were defrocked by the Vatican in 2005.
Dolan has a civic and moral duty, SNAP says, to “aggressively seek out others with information or suspicions” about all three men and “prod them to call police and prosecutors, so they might be convicted, imprisoned and kept away from kids.” Dolan makes no mention – either in his letter to parishioners nor in his news release – about criminal prosecution.
In fact, in what SNAP argues is a self-serving move, Dolan asks people with information to call a nun, a priest and a deacon, making no mention of law enforcement.
Gentile’s work history is here: http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Gentile_Gennaro_L.htm
Jesselli’s work history is here: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ny_newyork/directory_entries.htm
More on how Dolan is handling the Mazza case is here:
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.