Philippines & CA--Ex L.A. priest molested Philippine presidential candidate
For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
A priest who abused in Los Angeles is now accused of molesting a Philippine presidential candidate.
Fr. Mark Falvey, a Jesuit, was accused in 2002 & 2003 of sexually abusing at least three LA-area kids. But this week, Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that he too had been molested as a boy by Fr. Falvey in the Philippines, as had some of Duterte’s classmates. We commend Duterte for his courage.
We call on Catholic officials in LA and the Philippines – and China and Washington state, where Fr. Falvey also worked – to aggressive seek out and help others who were assaulted by this predator priest.
Fr. Falvey is deceased. But the pain of his victims remains. And some who he hurt, we believe, are still suffering in shame, isolation and self-blame. They deserve consolation. Catholic officials must use their vast resources to reach out to those who are in pain because of these horrific childhood assaults and betrayals.
We beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Falvey or cover ups by Catholic officials to speak up, protect others, expose wrongdoers, and start healing.
(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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.