Predator priest’s written confession is released
- Predator priest’s written confession is released (READ IT HERE)
- It shows that 16 church officials knew he had molested
- Yet cleric kept getting parish jobs until six months ago
- Four top Catholic prelates (& an Episcopalian one) kept silent
- Clergy sex victims with SNAP will leaflet at cathedral after Mass
As church-goers leave Mass, a few clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--release, for the first time, a detailed, typed, two page admission by a recently “outed” predator priest, and
--hand out flyers urging current and former church officials and members to give police any information they may have about clergy sex crimes and cover ups (especially now, while a Clay County grand jury is weighing whether or not to issue charges against top KC Catholic officials).
TODAY, Monday, Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416 W. 12th Street (between Broadway & Washington) in downtown Kansas City, MO
Two-three child sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a St. Louis woman who is the organization’s outreach director
In May of this year, Fr. Bede Parry was named for the first time in a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. At that time, Parry admitted his crimes, which took place in western Missouri in the 1980s.
But today, for the first time ever, a two page, single spaced typed confession by Parry is being made public. In it, he says that four men who are now Catholic prelates knew of - but kept silent about - his crimes. They are Bishop Daniel Walsh of Santa Rosa CA, Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas NV, Dubuque Archbishop Jerome Hanus of Dubuque IA, and Archbishop Robert Sanchez of Santa Fe NM.
It also says that the nation’s highest ranking Episcopalian figure, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was told of his misconduct. Still, Parry was able to work as music director and priest at All Saints Episcopal church in Las Vegas NV until this May.
The confession names at least ten other Catholic and Episcopal officials in California, Nevada and Minnesota who were told of Parry’s crimes, including high ranking church authorities two prominent Benedictine abbeys – Conception in northwest MO and St. John’s in St. Cloud MN.
The confession was obtained by clergy abuse survivor Patrick Marker who runs a website called Behind the Pine Curtain - http://www.behindthepinecurtain.com/wordpress/?page_id=2882
SNAP says that the Parry confession shows that cover ups of clergy sex crimes often eventually come to light. So the group is prodding anyone who worked or works for the Catholic church to “come clean now” so that kids will be safer. Specifically, SNAP is urging those with suspicions or information about possible child sex crimes to contact prosecutors in Jackson and Clay counties.
A photo of Parry is available at BishopAccountability.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.
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.