The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims blast NJ archbishop about two priests
For 2nd time recently, accused Newark cleric changed his name
He was sent to Florida where he allegedly attacked an adult woman
Now, priest faces a civil assault lawsuit and a trial date in six months
Just 2 weeks ago, a different child molesting cleric was put back in ministry
He was quietly re-assigned him despite his admission & criminal conviction
Then, priest was suddenly ousted when newspaper disclosed Myers' "reckless" move
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Finally, they will beg anyone with information about the two offenders to call police, come forward, and get help.
The second is Fr. Wladyslaw Gorak. Church records show that one of his colleagues complained in 1998 that Gorak was kissing his coworkers. In 2004, a New Jersey Catholic woman moved to Florida and Newark church officials then sent Gorak to Florida too. She repeatedly complained to Gorak's Florida pastor that Gorak kept bothering her. In Nov. 2004, Gorak broke into her house and sexually assaulted her. He was removed from ministry in Orlando in Dec. 2004. In 2005, Gorak legally changed his name to Fr. Walter Fisher and church officials made no announcement of it.
Now Gorak/Fisher faces a civil lawsuit for similarly assaulting the woman. A judge recently set a March 2010 civil trial date for Gorak/Fisher.
In each case, SNAP believes, Myers is acting irresponsibly and endangering innocent children and vulnerable adults. SNAP strongly suspects that Myers and his predecessors have let other alleged child molesting clergymen hide their identities and transferred them elsewhere.
Gorak/Fischer isn't the first accused Newark archdiocesan priest to have changed his name. Three months ago, SNAP revealed that Fr. Carmine Sita was convicted in the 1980s of molesting a Jersey City boy, sent to treatment, allowed to change his name to Gerald Howard, and sent to an unsuspecting Missouri parish where he repeatedly molested several boys. In August, one of his victims (Dr. Mark McAllister) held news conferences in New Jersey disclosing his recent $600,000 settlement with the Newark Archdiocese and others church institutions that shielded Sita/Howard.
SNAP feels Myers should also aggressively use his considerable resources (archdiocesan website, church newspaper, parish bulletins, etc.) to seek out and offer help to anyone with information about crimes by Sita/Howard, Gorak/Fischer and Fugee. Myers' spokesman has indicated that Fugee will be assigned somewhere. SNAP opposes putting him back into any form of ministry.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests