The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims disclose $600,000 settlement
Catholic priest was convicted of molesting a kid in NJ
Then, church quietly moved him to unsuspecting Cooper County parish
In between, he legally changed his name & was sent to 'treatment' center
Self help group blasts St. Louis-based religious order for 'secrecy & callousness'
SNAP: St. Louis perp center should disclose names of other criminals they've released'
Victims also want Archbishop Carlson to publicly blast Sunset Hills Paracletes for "recklessness"
They will also harshly criticize St. Louis, Jeff City & New Jersey Catholic officials for
The victims will also
The second victim, now in his 40s, reported the abuse he suffered to church authorities a year and a half ago. Yet officials in St. Louis, Jefferson City and New Jersey kept secret about his report, even though the priest still walks free today. That secrecy, SNAP believes, violates the US bishops sex abuse policy, which allegedly mandates "openness and transparency" in clergy sex cases. SNAP wants Carlson to speak out against this recklessness and silence.
After a mediation in late June in St. Louis, the victim agreed to a $600,000 settlement from the three defendants - the Jefferson City diocese (where Howard was sent), the Newark archdiocese (where Howard is from), and a religious order, the St. Louis-based Paracletes, a religious order (where Howard was 'treated' between diocesan assignments).
The Paracletes have their national headquarters in Sunset Hills and still operate at least two local facilities that house dozens of sex offending and emotionally troubled and addicted priests. For the sake of public safety, SNAP wants the Paracletes to disclose the names of other convicted predators, like Howard, they have housed and released.
After being ousted from his Boonville parish, Howard moved to Columbia and lived off Lake of the Woods Road for several years. It is believed that he took counseling courses at the University of Missouri. For six years (1976-1982), Howard worked at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Jersey City NJ. (691 West Side Ave., 201-433-6365). For a while, he attended Rutgers University.
Now in his 60s, Howard remains a priest, though he's allegedly not working in a parish and his whereabouts are not known. As part of the settlement, the victim insisted that church officials begin defrocking Howard.
The new settlement is believed to be among the four or five largest ever among clergy sex cases in Missouri.
The victim is married, in his 30s, and lives in Roanoke VA now. (He will NOT be at the news conference) He is represented by St. Louis attorney Ken Chackes (314 872 8420, 314 369 3902 cell) and former St. Louisan Bryan Bacon, now an attorney in Columbia (573-874-7777 office, 314 566 8386 cell). Attorneys representing the defendants include Lucie Huger, Bernard Huger, & Ed Goldenhersh (for Jeff City diocese, 314-241-9090), Jeffrey Jones (for the Paracletes, 505-466-3426), and Charles Carella (for the Newark diocese, 973-994-1700). The Hugers and Goldenhersch also represent the St. Louis archdiocese in clergy sex cases.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests