The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victim of pedophile priest about “the Candy Man”
That’s the nickname of clergyman who molested boys
Man will hand out leaflets to Catholics as they leave mass
He hopes to find & help others “suffering in silence and shame”
On Thursday, at news conference, victim spoke publicly for first time
Catholic officials have admitted his allegations “credible” but won’t act
Religious order, claiming poverty, offered man $2,000; he may file civil lawsuit
Self help organization wants principal to “reach out” to others who may have been hurt
NOTE: On Thursday, for the first time, this man publicly disclosed and discussed the child molestation he suffered at the hands of the priest, Fr. Robert Gaghan –
Gaghan was the victim's uncle, pastor and teacher. Gaghan abused both of Katubi’s brothers too.
Gaghan, who died in 1989, was known as the "Candy Man” because he gave candy to kids who came to mass on Sunday at St. Gabriel (and possibly St. Edmonds parish as well). Gaghan taught at Southeast Catholic - Bishop Neumann - Saint John Neumann High School from the 1950s through the 1980s. An alumni publication indicates that Gaghan was principal of Bishop Neumann (then called Southeast Catholic) in 1981.
The Norbertines have refused to turn over their ‘investigation report’ to Katubi despite numerous requests. In news accounts earlier this week, however, the religious order admitted Katubi’s allegations are credible.
Some of the crimes occurred at a vacation home on the New Jersey shore near Atlantic City.
Katubi, now 64, is a Philadelphia native. He’s now divorced and works as a charter boat captain in Key West FL. He is represented by attorney Michele M. Betti of San Diego CA and New York NY (760 500 5451, firstname.lastname@example.org).
According to the Official Catholic Directory, Gaghan also worked at St. Richard’s parish (18th & Pollack Sts.), Sacred Heart Church in Manoa, St. Gabriel’s parish (29th & Dickinson Sts.) and at St. Norbert Priory in Paoli.
The Norbertines operate Daylesford Abbey in Paoli PA. They are represented by Philadelphia attorney Michael D. O’Mara (215 564 8121).
(Note: mass starts at 4:30 pm)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests