The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Unusual new lawsuit by clergy sex abuse victim is announced
Predator molested child and manipulated & got his mom's estate
Then, when child molester died, he gave money to Episcopal church
Diocesan officials admit abuse & apologize but won't help wounded man, SNAP says
The group will urge the Pennsylvania diocese to
Church officials admit White was molested and posted on their website a "public apology" to him for the "the horrific physical and sexual abuse and exploitation" he experienced and for "fail(ing) to address adequately the injuries and injustices" he suffered "both by the acts of a priest and the failure of the church to adequately care for him." http://www.diopa.org/assets/downloadables/Resolution-White.pdf
Now deceased, Bell is the founder of the Montgomery School and a scion of Main Line society. When White threatend to make Bell's crimes public, Bell conspired to have him arrested, imprisoned and, ultimately committed to Norristown State Hospital. During his imprisonment, White was subject to shock therapy and threatened with a lobotomy. Bell left a portion of White's mom's estate to All Saints Church in Wynnewood, where White was repealtedly raped and sodomized by Bell.
The lawsuit also charges that the diocese is breaching its duty, and has come into wrongful possession of Mr. White's property and should return it to him immediately. Church officials tried to have White's suit dismissed. On May 28, however, they lost the first round of legal challenges, and must now file an official response by June 22 .
More information on White's situation can be found at
White is represented by Philadelphia attorney Robert A. Wade of Wade, Goldstein (610-296-1800 office, 610-724-9602 cell).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests