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Sex abuse victims will blast Charlotte Catholic officials

Small protest to be held along church 'procession' route

Self help group says bishop is still secretive and reckless

They'll hold signs saying "Protect children, not pedophile priests"

Hundreds/thousands of church-goers to attend big annual diocesan event

Along a procession route lined with hundreds of Catholics, clergy sex abuse victims and advocates will hold signs criticizing Charlotte's Catholic bishop about pedophile priests' crimes and church cover ups.

WHEN: SATURDAY, September 26, around & shortly after 9:00 a.m.
(Later in the morning, the group may move & stand closer to the event's entrance)

WHERE : On the public sidewalk at corner of E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and S. College St., Charlotte, N.C.

WHO: Three adults who were molested as kids by clergy and who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (

DETAILS: Tomorrow, hundreds of area Catholics are expected to attend the Charlotte Catholic Diocese’s Fifth Annual Eucharistic Congress. The event begins with a march of several blocks with some participants wearing colorful church-related garb and carrying brightly colored banners and with Catholics lining nearby sidewalks.

However, three adults who were sexually violated as children by Catholic clergy will hold hand-made signs and stand in silent vigil nearby. The protesters, members of SNAP, believe Charlotte Catholic officials have made little or no real efforts to find and help those who have been sexually assaulted by clerics - whether priests, nuns, seminarians, brothers or lay employees. The self-help group also strongly feels that Charlotte's bishop has not honored his pledges to be 'open and transparent' in child sex abuse and cover up cases.

Roughly 15 Catholic bishops across the country have posted on their websites a list of the proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. SNAP has asked Charlotte church officials to do likewise. But their request has been ignored.

In May, an Asheville Catholic music minister (Paul Lawrence Berrell) was charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor—statutory rape—and indecent liberties with a child.

In June, a Charlotte diocesan priest (Rev. John Schneider) was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting porn from the accused music minister's computer.

Also in June, another child sex abuse lawsuit was filed against two other North Carolina priests (Fr. Justin Paul Pechulis & Fr. John McCole). The complaint claims that church officials engaged in conspiratorial schemes to protect pedophiliac priests.

And in February, another Catholic priest (Fr. Robert Yurgel) pled guilty of molesting a Charlotte boy. A civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against that priest and the diocese is pending.

Tomorrow, participants line up for the procession at 8:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Church (501 S. Tryon) .The march begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at the Charlotte Convention Center at E.Stonewall St. and S. Brevard St. (For details:,, Michelle Rahilly,

David Fortwengler of Charlotte 704 562 4529
Neal Evans of Asheville 828 299 3972
David Clohessy, 314 566 9790,,

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests