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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims "out" predator priest
A molestation report against him was settled in North Dakota
He worked at two Trenton diocesan parishes in 1960s & 1970s
Despite long church career, he has never been publicly accused here before
Copies of settlement agreement & pedophile's work history will be released
Support group prods Catholic officials to 'reach out' to others who may have been hurt
SNAP blasts top Trenton church figures for 'staying silent' about allegations & settlement
They will also
Patejko worked at two Trenton diocese parishes: St. Stanislaus in Sayreville (1968-70) and St. Mary’s Polish church in South River (1971). Both had parochial schools. SNAP members are upset that Trenton's bishop failed to neither disclose the settlement involving Patejko nor publicize his tenure in New Jersey. The group believes Trenton Catholic officials have a moral duty to use their vast resources to aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Patejko's crimes here.
In 1994, Jangula (701-226-9384), of Fargo, settled his child sex abuse claim with church officials there. The crimes took place in 1976 at St. Andrew Catholic Church of Zeeland ND (100 miles SW of Bismark). Jangula will NOT be present at the news conference but is able to speak to reporters by phone.
Copies of the four page settlement document will be provided. It is signed by then-Vicar General Rev. Wendelyn Vetter who is now at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Reynolds ND (701-847-2371, Wendelyn.Vetter@FargoDiocese.org)
Years ago, Jangula also reported the abuse to diocesan officials, including then-Vicar General Msgr. Dennis Skonseng (email@example.com, 701-356-7900). Still, despite his report and the settlement, church staff have chosen to keep Patejko's crimes secret, contrary to the US bishops conference policy which mandates 'openness' in clergy sex abuse cases.
SNAP and Jangula worry about others who may have been assaulted by Patejko and feels morally obligated to expose the truth about the predator and find and help others who "are suffering in shame, silence and self-blame," like he did for years.
Besides St. Andrew's, Patejko worked at four other North Dakota parishes: St. David's in Ashley (1972-1979), St. Agatha's in Hope (1979-1981), St. James in Page (1979-1981) and Sacred Heart in Aneta (1980-1981). St. James parish no longer exists. Patejko is now deceased. It is believed that he returned to Poland in the 1990s. For confirmation of these work assignments, see http://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Patejko_Gregory_Zbigniew.htm
A copy of the settlement document is at http://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Patejko_Gregory_Zbigniew.htm
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 21 years and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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