OH – Columbus priest takes his own life in wake of allegations involving a minor, SNAP responds
For immediate release Friday, December 22, 2017
Father James Csaszar, former pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany, Ohio, recently took his own life in Chicago. The priest had been on administrative leave since November 7th, when the Diocese of Columbus reportedly became aware of “excessive and questionable text and telephone communications with a minor.” The priest was working at Saint Rose Parish in New Lexington at the time of the inappropriate communications.
We here at SNAP, the Survivors Network, are extremely disturbed by the tone-deaf statement released by the Diocese of Columbus in response to Father Csaszar’s suicide.
The diocese wrote:
We are reminded throughout sacred scripture that God our Father is loving, merciful, compassionate and forgiving. We also know that in his years of priestly ministry Fr. Csaszar did many good things for the people that he served in his parish assignments. And so we ask that everyone pray for Father Csaszar, his family, friends, and parishioners during this most difficult time.
Once again, Catholic officials seem oblivious to the life-long suffering that child victims of clergy sexual abuse endure, as well as to the likelihood that there may be additional children who received inappropriate communications from Father Csaszar.
Where are the prayers for the child victims/victims? Does the Church really believe that whatever good the priest may have done washes away the consequences of the crimes which are still under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and New Lexington police?
We hope that anyone who experienced, witnessed or suspected Father Csaszar’s crimes will find the courage to make a report to law enforcement. We also hope that any victims will not suffer alone and in silence, but will seek out support from groups like ours.
The Church appears not to care about the damage that this priest may have inflicted on children, but we here at SNAP not only care, we also have decades of experience helping survivors.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Carol Zamonski 614-653-1502, SNAPCentralOhio@gmail.com, Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175, email@example.com, Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
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- 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.
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