The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Activists challenge US bishops about Irish abuse
They release list of 12 "troubled Catholic orphanages and boarding schools" here
Concern is spurred by recent 'devastating report' of 'widespread crimes'
Organizations blast American prelates deafening silence on Irish abuse report
US church hierarchy knows of similar horrors in schools here, two groups charge
The group will also release a new list by BishopAccountability.org of 12 US Catholic residential institutions where predator priests worked or where child sex abuse has been reported. The list can be seen online at: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/institutions/.
The silence of our church leaders has been deafening, said Terence McKiernan, BishopAccountability.orgs founder and president, especially given that this news affects millions of Irish-American Catholics in a personal way.
As a result of our recent research, we conclude that the Irish report strikes too close to home. Are American bishops staying mum because they fear examination of their own orphanages and residential schools? McKiernan asked. (At St. John's School for the Deaf in Wisconsin, for instance, the boarding schools longtime director, Father Lawrence Murphy, is believed to have raped and abused as many as 200 boys there. Two Oregon orphanages employed Fr. Maurice Grammond, who is accused of abusing 50 children.)
In releasing the list of 12 orphanages and residential schools, McKiernans group is launching a major research initiative to create a database of all the US Catholic orphanages, boarding schools, minor seminaries, and reform schools where children allegedly were abused or that were staffed by credibly accused nuns, brothers, or priests.
In their letter to the US bishops, SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and BishopAccountability.org are urging each bishop to release names of all Irish abusers and other credibly accused child molesters priests, brothers, and nuns who have worked at childrens residential institutions in his diocese.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests