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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims blast Catholic diocese
They seek out others who may have been hurt by cleric
Priest worked at 13 churches in nine Missouri counties
He’s the third accused Jeff City priest to be exposed in last six months
Bishop should "aggressively reach out" to victims and witnesses, SNAP says
Support group is concerned because church staff continues “being secretive”
There’s no evidence, SNAP believes, that Catholics have notified law enforcement
Afterwards, they'll try to hand deliver a letter about alleged three predator priests to local Catholic officials.
The letter urges church staff to
Tuesday, Jan.. 12
Seifner worked at 13 churches in 7 counties, including Callaway (Mokane), Cooper (Pilot Grove, Clear Creek and Clifton City), Cole (Jefferson City and Wardsville), Osage (Chamois, Westphalia, Bonnot’s Mill and Loose Creek), Montgomery (Rhineland) Gasconade (Morrison) and Marion (Palmyra). He was ordained in 1992.
SNAP feels Gaydos should have promptly told the police and the public about the allegations against Seifner, not just a few dozen parishioners at two tiny churches. The group believes Gaydos should personally visit each community where Seifner worked, and beg everyone to call law enforcement if they saw, suspected or suffered misdeeds by Seifner. He should do the same, SNAP thinks, about two other recently ‘outed’ predator priests.
In September, SNAP urged Gaydos to warn mid-Missourians about another predator priest, Fr. Kenneth J. Roberts, a nationally-known author and predator priest who lived in the Jefferson City Diocese. That same month, the Illinois Supreme Court tossed out a civil case against Roberts because of the statute of limitations. Since Roberts faced allegations of hurting kids in Texas, St. Louis and Belleville IL, SNAP suspects that Roberts hurt others in Missouri who are still suffering in silence, confusion and self-blame. Gaydos ignored the group’s request.
In August, SNAP disclosed that Fr. Jerry Howard (a.k.a. Carmine Sita) pled guilty to molesting a New Jersey boy in the 1980s. Catholic officials let him change his name and quietly sent him to Boonville, without warning parishioners, where Howard sexually assaulted several boys.
In each case, SNAP is convinced Gaydos acted tardily and secretively.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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