The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims challenge Pope & archbishop
SNAP: “Do something about 2 St. Louis predators working overseas”
One is in Bangladesh, another is in Rome; Settlements paid out on each
Church admits 1 accusation is “credible” & that priest was “involved” with 2 women too
Yet priest is still on the payroll in the literal and figurative ‘power center’ of Catholicism
They will also prod
Fr. William A. Christensen heads a non-profit in Bangladesh and Fr. Charles H. Miller works in Rome. Both belong to a St. Louis based religious order called the Marianists. SNAP is worried that both may be molesting kids now and is upset that church officials have said and done little to warn others about the clerics or disclose their findings about the allegations against them.
Two months ago, a Post Dispatch about a Bangladesh service project (called the Institute for Integrated Rural Development) mentioned that Christensen is still working there, despite a civil lawsuit that was filed against him in 2002 by a former St. Louisan, Michael Powel.
And last year, the San Antonio (TX) Express News reported that Miller “was forced to resign two years ago after a (credible) claim that he sexually abused (a St. Louis teenager), but was sent to his superiors to live and work for the church in Rome.
For five years, Christensen’s church supervisors refused to accept service for him, so the lawsuit languished. In 2007, while at a fundraiser in downtown St. Louis, he was finally served. But his accuser died of brain cancer and his family received a small settlement last year.
Two other local priests who are accused of child sex abuse – Fr. Kevin Hederman and Fr. Jose Duran - are believed to be oversees. Hederman recently worked in Belize and Duran is believed to have returned to his native Colombia. Both are archdiocesan clerics.
Miller taught at St. Louis University and a Catholic college in Texas. Later, he organized tours in Europe and the Middle East. Christensen’s accuser was represented by St. Louis attorney Joe Bauer and Connecticut attorney Helen McGonigle. He also taught at Chaminade and McBride high schools in St. Louis, according to the Post Dispatch.
CONTACT - David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests