The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Clergy sex abuse victims blast Catholic officials & hospital
Priest who worked at 7 New Jersey sites just pled guilty to molesting a child
Yet SNAP says his Union City superiors fight boy in court using technicalities
And for 5 months, St. Marys ignores SNAPs plea to help find pedophiles victims
Cowardice & legal hardball maneuvers, violate national church policy, group believes
The letter asks hospital staff to
SNAP believes it is inherently immoral for alleged spiritual leaders to try and exploit archaic and arbitrary time limits and hid behind other similar legal maneuvers in child sex cases, especially when the guilt of the predator is undisputed. The group is calling on Yurgels bosses, with the Union City-based Capuchin Franciscan Friars (201 863 4036), to fight clean, not fight dirty on the merits, not the technicalities.
In April 2008, Yurgel was arrested while working at St. Marys hospital (973 365 4300). And last September, almost five months ago, SNAP asked hospital administrators to reach out to anyone who suspected, or suffered Yurgels crimes. Their request has been ignored, but they are trying again now that the priest has pled guilty.
Yurgel worked as St. Marys chaplain starting in 1999. From 1993-96, he studied at Our Lady of Lourdes Friary in Paterson. Yurgel also worked at three area parishes: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Passaic, Our Lady of Lourdes in Patterson, and Conception in the Bronx. He sometimes also said mass at St. Francis Catholic Church in Hackensack.
SNAP feels that church officials in North Carolina and New Jersey have a duty to help reach out to others who may be suffering in shame, silence and self-blame.
The Capuchins have admitted it is paying for his legal defense. The hospital is located within the Paterson Diocese (973 777 8818).
Attorneys Seth Langson (704 377 1504) and James E. Ferguson (704 375 8461) represent Yurgels victim (who is now in his early 20s). Yurgels criminal attorneys are George Laughrun and Andrew Murray. The Charlotte diocese is represented by Richard Lucey. All the attorneys are from Charlotte. The civil suit, filed in Mecklenburg County Superior Court (NC), seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests