PA--SNAP responds to accused Allentown priest removed for sex abuse

For immediate release: June 28, 2018

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader: 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com

We commend the brave victim for coming forward and taking action. His lawsuit brings to light the accusation about being abused by Monsignor Francis Nave.

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2018/06/27/Allentown-Priest-Francis-Nave-suspended-lawsuit-sexual-abuse-webcam-internet-Roman-Catholic/stories/201806270196

We honor the courage of the survivor telling his story. His courage provides hope and healing to those suffering alone and in darkness. Also, revealing abuse protects children today.

We urge Bishop Alfred Schlert to cooperate with law enforcement and encourage all parishioners to report all instances of abuse to law enforcement. We also urge the Bishop to reach out to Sacred Heart parish and to anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed where Nave was located.

(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 supporters. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org )

Contact --  Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com), Tim Lennon (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org), Becky Ianni (703-801-6044, snapvirginia@cox.net)


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  • Debbie Langen
    commented 2018-08-15 11:24:40 -0500
    I am a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in Bath. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim. I am so very sorry for any harm caused to him by Francis Nave or any other clergy. Also, to all the very brave men and women in the Grand Jury report; thank you for your courage. I am so sorry you were victimized more than once. Hopefully, people will learn that we must all be vigilant in protecting all children and young people from predators. I am hoping you will continue to report on this particular case. Some at church say they don’t think we will ever get to hear what happens. I believe we need to.

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