OR--Portland predator priest is guilty; Victims respond
For immediate release: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
An Oregon priest is guilty of trying to lure a girl into his car. Now, Portland’s archbishop and other Catholic officials must aggressively seek out others who may have experienced or ignored or concealed his crimes. And we hope next month he’s locked up for as long as possible
Fr. Michael T. Patrick left the US after being questioned by police about the accusation. We’re grateful law enforcement officials caught him in Los Angeles. He lives in Vancouver’s Image neighborhood, has worked in Oregon parishes since 1998 (most recently at St. Wenceslaus in Scappoose) and is originally from Sri Lanka.
Archbishop Alexander Sample should use parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements to spread the word about Fr. Patrick and urge anyone with knowledge or fears of his crimes to call police or prosecutors.
Ironically, two months ago, Sample tried to minimize the church’s on-going clergy sex scandal, disingenuously calling it “a tragic chapter in the history of the Church in the United States.”
(Fr. Patrick is one of 89 publicly accused predator priests in the Portland archdiocese. His picture, and information about these abusive clerics, is at BishopAccountability.org)
No matter what the judge or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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)
Priest guilty of trying to lure girl
14-year-old said a strange man told her to get into his car
By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter, Published: May 10, 2016, 8:07 PM
A Catholic priest entered a guilty plea Friday, court records show, to trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car as she was walking home from school in Vancouver’s Image neighborhood.
Michael T. Patrick, 59, the former pastor of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose, Ore., entered the plea in Clark County Superior Court to attempted luring but did not admit to the conduct. Patrick initially faced a charge of luring in connection with 2014 incident.
David Renshaw, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Portland, said Tuesday that Patrick is . . .
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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