The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims want action on 2 predators
Child molestation case v. one of them just settled
Despite payout, he works today as a priest overseas
The other was just suspended as a teacher in Hawaii
His religious order, headquartered here, also settled lawsuit
Self-help group urges victims of both clerics to "come forward, get help"
SNAP blasts archdiocese for failing to alert public about both offenders
They'll also disclose that
Finally, the group will release 9 pages of previously secret records about one of the predators, including a 2003 letter from a high ranking Detroit archdiocesan official in which he
SNAP is also disclosing today that the Detroit-based Capuchins, a Catholic religious order, quietly ousted Brother Thomas J. Gardipee after he was charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes and intimidation and was accused of sexual misconduct with a teenager. Nevertheless, Catholic officials kept quiet while Gardipee moved to Hawaii and got another teaching job. In September, SNAP publicly exposed Gardipee's past and the school suspended him. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2009/09_10/2009_09_25_Essoyan_KamehamehaSchools.htm
SNAP believes Detroit archdiocesan staff should have warned parishioners about Gardipee and Skelton, and should have informed them of Gardipee's suspension and Skelton's settlement.
SNAP wants archdiocesan officials to use their considerable resources to seek out and help anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by either cleric. The group wants outreach announcements posted on the archdiocesan website, in the archdiocesan newspaper and in parish bulletins throughout the archdiocese.
Skelton worked in Washington DC with a controversial priest, Fr. George Stallings, who was accused 20 years ago of molesting kids.
In the late 1980s, Skelton attended St. John's Provincial Seminary in Plymouth and intended to become a Detroit Archdiocesan priest, until he was kicked out for sexual misconduct. In 2003, then Msgr. Walter Hurley (now bishop of Grand Rapids, 616 243 0491, 616 456 8633) wrote to Philippine church officials warning them that Skelton admitted sexual misconduct. But Detroit archdiocesan officials have never informed or warned the public about Skelton.
(Two former St. John’s officials who knew Skelton are still in the Detroit area. They are retired rector Fr. Robert Byrne and Fr. Ronald DeHondt who is in ministry in St. Clair Shores, MI, 586-293-2240)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests