SNAP Hands Out Leaflets On Investigation Into Pastor Outside St. Alphonsus

SNAP Hands Out Leaflets On Investigation Into Pastor Outside St. Alphonsus

By Nancy Harty

October 12, 2014

(CBS) — Priest sex abuse survivors leafleted outside a Catholic church on Chicago’s North Side Sunday to draw attention to an ongoing investigation, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

Many parishioners at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Lakeview didn’t know about a Cook County Sheriff Department’s investigation into the parish’s pastor, according to Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests spokeswoman Kate Bochte.

“We’re here to clear the record that the investigation [into] Michael O’Connell, as far as the criminal investigation, is still open and ongoing,” Bochte said.

A handful of SNAP members passed out flyers outlining the sheriff’s investigation that began in December and ended in April after police were unable to support any charges. A review by the Archdiocese also failed to substantiate claims against O’Connell, so he was reinstated.

However, another man came forward in April to say he witnesses abuse of a child by O’Connell. The sheriff’s office has reopened its investigation.

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  • commented 2014-10-14 16:08:16 -0500
    Stop Sexual Abuse on Children http://wh.gov/i386d Abolish the statute of limitation " NO MORE ABUSE
  • commented 2014-10-13 21:17:42 -0500
    A woman who works for Fr. O’Connell wondered why SNAP was there yesterday. When we told her that it has been 6 months he was told to become the pastor at the church. When I mentioned to her that am an employee/member of SNAP and survivor of clergy abuse, Kate mentioned that O’Connell is in the rectory with kids.

    Some of the parishioners who came out of church were stumped that they thought the case against the priest over until they read our leaflets.
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