The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims leaflet about just 'outed' predator
Credibly accused Jesuit priest worked at parish & university
SNAP challenges church officials to put him in treatment center
They will also prod parents to ask their kids and other church-goers if they know anything about the priests’ sexual misconduct and to call police and other independent sources of help.
Reuter also worked at this parish church. While not being assigned to this parish Reuter said mass at the church almost every weekend for ten years ending in March, 2010 when Reuter admitted to the pastor that he had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student many years earlier.
Even though his offenses were years ago and at least one settlement was paid, Jesuit officials kept it hidden for years. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Reuter worked at Loyola University Chicago from 1990 until 2002 and Loyola University Medical Center from 2002 and led services at Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park.”
Jesuit officials claim they essentially stumbled on allegations against Reuter in their files, even though the alleged abuse happened in the 1990s. SNAP members don’t believe this, and claim church and school employees who knew about the settlement but kept it hidden should be severely disciplined.
The Jesuits also admit Reuters was suspended in March, but nothing was announced until last week. SNAP believes that such delays give predators ample time to destroy evidence, fabricate alibis, intimidate witnesses, threaten victims, hurt others, flee the country and violate church pledges of “openness” in sex abuse cases..
For the sake of public safety, SNAP wants the Jesuits to aggressively reach out to anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered Reuter’s sexual misconduct and urge them to call police, get help, protect others and start healing.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests