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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex Abuse Victims Leaflet Ecumenical Leaders
SNAP Urges Them to Work Harder To Stop Predators
Event Is At Catholic Institution Where Admitted Molester Works
The Priest, Ousted From Parish in 2002, Now Lives & Works At SLU
At Least Six Other Sexually Troubled Clerics Have Worked & Lived There
All Religious Figures, SNAP Argues, Should Speak Out When Colleagues Shield Pedophiles
They'll also prod any person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward and call police.
At least two other sex offending priests live in the same building as Bryce. They include Fr. Chester E. Gaiter (who has been sued at least twice for child sexual abuse) and Fr. Gerhardt Lehmkuhl (who pled guilty in 1996 and was sentenced to one year in prison for child porn). At least four other child molesting clerics worked at SLU. They include Fr. Charles Miller, Fr. Juan Carlos Duran, Fr. Eugene Maio and Fr. Jack Campbell. Church officials have paid settlements to victims of each of these four clerics. (One of them, Duran, faces criminal child sex charges.) SLU has disclosed little or nothing about the seven criminals' histories or misdeeds.
SNAP wants officials with every religious group to work harder to prevent abuse, act pastorally when abuse happens, and specifically to challenge the local Catholic hierarchy to be more open about child sex cases. Dozens of proven, admitted and credibly accused priests from across the country are sent to St. Louis for "treatment" and some of them end up working in area parishes and other church facilities.
The Jewish Community Relations Council, Eden Theological Seminary and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis are also co-sponsoring tonight's panel discussion, which features three nationally prominent Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders from out-of-state.
Bryce's phone number is 314-256-8809. Lehmkuhl's phone number is 314-658-2687.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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