SD - Predator priest admits molesting SD kids
For immediate release: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
In 1995, a Catholic priest admitted sexually assaulting several kids on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Yet no Catholic official ever told anyone about him.
Today, Fr. Clarence Vavra’s admissions have been revealed by Minnesota Public Radio.
Fr. Varva now lives in New Prague, Minnesota.
In 2002, US bishops formally pledged to be “open and transparent” about clergy sex crimes.
Yet In 2003, Minnesota Catholic officials let Fr. Varva, an admitted serial child molester, quietly “retire” and told no one that he had committed – and acknowledged committing – heinous crimes against South Dakota kids.
We call on both of South Dakota’s Catholic bishops – and every current and former Catholic employee in the state - to aggressively seek out others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Varva’s crimes, so that he might be charged, convicted, and kept away from kids and so that those he injured might find comfort.
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Bob Schwiderski, SNAP Minnesota director (952 471 3422, 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.