The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims urge donations to WI diocese
At the same time, they beg Catholics to boycott NJ one
SNAP: “Catholics should use their contributions strategically”
Newark archbishop makes “worst re-assignment” in US in 7 years
Last month, he let a convicted predator priest quietly work in a hospital
Church members should “reward prudence & punish deceit” with their dollars, SNAP says
The cleric is Fr. Henry Willenborg, who sexually exploited a vulnerable Catholic mom, got her pregnant, advocated an abortion, and is essentially ignoring his 22 year old son who is now dying of cancer. The boy’s mom, who was also just diagnosed with cancer, has had to struggle for more than 20 years for child support from Willenborg’s supervisors.
According to last month’s New York Times, Willenborg’s also accused of sexually abusing a teenager.
At the same time, SNAP is calling Newark Archbishop John Myers “the most reckless Catholic prelate in America,” after he quietly put a convicted pedophile priest into hospital officials insisted a hospital chaplaincy. The predator was ousted only after and a journalist began asking questions and hospital officials insisted. It’s the most egregious violation of the letter and spirit of the church’s national child sex abuse policy in the last 7 years, SNAP feels. Because of Myers’ secretive and irresponsible actions, SNAP wants Catholics to stop donating to his archdiocese.
For years, SNAP has tried to get bishops to take responsibility for clergy sex crimes committed by religious order clerics working in their dioceses. In virtually every instance, bishops ‘pass the buck’ to the religious order officials. SNAP considers this inexcusably irresponsible hair splitting, finger pointing and excuse making.
CONTACT Becky Ianni, 703-801-6044, David Clohessy 314-566-9790, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, Jim Moran 202-679-0009
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests