OH - Victims want action by bishop
They want to know where two accused predators are
And they urge him to write to his colleagues in two states
An accused Youngstown pedophile priest worked in MD & MI
Another was sent away in 2011 but his whereabouts aren’t clear
SNAP to Murry: "Tell your flock when, why, and who is ousted deacon"
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, advocates for clergy sex abuse victims will prod Youngstown’s Catholic bishop to disclose
-- disclose why and when he suspended a Cardinal Mooney teacher who faces two allegations of child sex abuse,
-- disclose the whereabouts of this accused predator and another one who was sent away in 2011, and
-- write to Catholic bishops in Maryland and Michigan about a third accused predator who worked there.
They will also
-- prod current and former Catholic employees to speak up about the accused clerics, and
-- urge Youngstown’s bishop to make public all allegations of sexual abuse that he has received, those that have been removed, and all accused clerics that have been reported to law enforcement.
TODAY, Thursday, August 29, at 11:30 a.m.
On the sidewalk outside St. Edward’s parish (where one accused priest worked) 240 Tod Lane, in Youngstown OH
Two St. Louis activists including, Judy Jones, who is the associate Midwest director of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
In 2002, US Catholic bishops adopted a supposedly binding national child sex abuse charter mandating “openness and transparency” in child sex abuse cases. SNAP, however, believes that Youngstown Bishop George Murry is violating that policy in two recent cases by his “on-going secrecy.”
First, in response to a SNAP news conference, Murry disclosed yesterday that a teacher and deacon no longer works for the diocese “in any capacity” but refused to say why. SNAP suspects it is because that teacher/cleric faces child sex abuse allegations. In fact, SNAP disclosed yesterday that the group has heard from one local man, Jerry Arnal, that he had been molested as a child by a Youngstown Catholic teacher/cleric. Weeks ago, SNAP also received an anonymous letter that said the teacher/cleric was ousted recently from his post at Cardinal Mooney High School.
Specifically, first, SNAP wants Murry to tell parents, parishioners and the public when and why the teacher/deacon was removed and whether the individual will ever return to work as a teacher or cleric again. For the sake of public safety, SNAP wants Murry to disclose the man’s identity and current whereabouts too.
Second, SNAP wants Murry to reveal the whereabouts of Fr. John F. Warner, 69, who resigned as pastor of Sts. Philip and James Parish in Canal Fulton in 2011 after an allegation was made that he abused a child years ago at St. Edward’s parish in Youngstown. (A church panel found the allegation credible.)
In 2011, Fr. Warner was sent to a treatment center. But as best SNAP can tell, Murry has refused to disclose where Fr. Warner is now. SNAP hopes he’s still at a facility getting therapy and being kept away from kids.
Finally, if Murry insists on keeping his flock in the dark,” SNAP wants him to at least notify Catholics and citizens in Maryland and Michigan that Fr. John E. Hammer worked and lived in those states. (Hammer admitted molesting one altar boy and sued by three Youngstown area children he abused.) SNAP is urging Murry to buy ads in secular and church newspapers in those states, to “reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Hammer’s crimes there, so that he might be prosecuted and so that they might get help.”
Details on Fr. Hammer are at BishopAccountability.org and here: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/resources/resource-files/databases/BaltimorePriests.htm#JohnHammer
Fr. Warner’s photo and work history are here: http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Warner_John_Francis.htm
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.
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.