OR--Please help us protect the vulnerable
SNAP volunteers, including Portland SNAP leader Jeannie Cratty, handed out this flier in Sherwood on Sunday, at the parish where Fr. Ysrael Bien allegedly installed a hidden bathroom camera. Fr. Bien has reportedly fled to the Philippines.
We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth to deter future cover ups of sex crimes and misdeeds by clergy of any faith group.
We apologize if we seem intrusive. But we’re here because we fear that Fr. Ysrael Bien
--may hurt innocent kids or vulnerable adults in the Philippines or
--may have hurt innocent kids or vulnerable adults in Oregon.
We’d like your help in safeguarding others. We respectfully ask that you:
--seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds or crimes by Fr. Bien,
--track down former church members and parish staff, and ask them about Fr. Bien, and
--urge anyone with information or suspicions (however small, old or seemingly insignificant) to call law enforcement.
(If more victims, witnesses or whistleblowers step forward, Fr. Bien may be charged with more crimes which will increase the chances that he’ll be extradited, convicted and imprisoned, making everyone safer and deterring similar crimes and cover ups in the future.)
We also hope you will ask Archbishop Sample to
--write his colleagues in the Philippines begging them to keep Fr. Bien away from kids and out of parishes
--aggressively urge anyone in Oregon who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or cover ups by Fr. Bien to contact law enforcement, and
--pledge to SNAP also contends that Sample should have yank the passport of the next priest who is accused or suspected of sexual misconduct, and
--disclose, to help law enforcement and reassure local Catholics, all church facilities where Fr. Bien spent time.
Thanks for reading this flier. We hope you’ll pass it on to others who care about safety and healing.