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Pope’s US representative to speak here

SNAP urges college students & staff to act

Two more predators who worked at SLU are exposed

One is a notorious serial offender who abused in 2 states

Last week, SLU’s ex-president was sued for sexual misdeeds

None of them had ever been "outed" as predators before until now

What
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will
-- disclose that the Pope’s US representative will speak this weekend at St. Louis University,
-- urge students and staff to protest his appearance,
-- draw attention to SLU students' facebook page upset with the upcoming event,
-- reveal, for the first time, the names of two more predator priests who worked at SLU, and
-- prod the Jesuits to move all their credibly accused pedophiles to a remote, independent, secure and professionally run treatment center, so that others will be safer, and disclose the names and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused predatory priests who have been or are at St. Louis University.

WHEN
TODAY, Tuesday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE
Outside St. Louis University, corner of Lindell and Grand, in St. Louis

WHO
A few clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org).

WHY
From upset SLU students, SNAP learned last night that Pietro Sambi, the Pope’s US representative, will speak at SLU’s commencement this weekend. Sambi was in the news most recently for allegedly vile comments he repeatedly made to an alleged clergy sex abuse victim.. http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/05/07/archbishop-sambis-bizarre-war-of-words-with-sex-abuse-protester/

Sambi has ignored at least two letters from SNAP urging action about predator priests and corrupt bishops.

SNAP has also recently learned of two more pedophile priests who worked at SLU. Both are from Wisconsin and are apparently living on their own now, unsupervised. (Their photos are at BishopAccountability.org)

One is Fr. Franklyn Becker who, according to church records obtained through civil lawsuits, was known to have sexually assaulted what appears to be dozens of children for decades in Wisconsin and California. The earliest direct report by a victim to church officials was in the mid-1970s. A settlement was reached in 2007 with one of Becker’s victims in California for over 1 million dollars and several lawsuits involving his child sex crimes are pending against the Milwaukee Archdiocese. He was at SLU in the mid-1970s.

The other is Fr. Edward Beutner of the Superior WI diocese who was at SLU in 1971 and 1972 and is accused of molesting at least five girls and boys. He is now retired.

With Becker and Beutner, SNAP knows of 10 publicly accused predator priests who live/lived or work/worked at SLU: Fr. Charles Miller, Fr. Daniel C. O’Donnell, Fr. Juan Carlos Duran, Fr. Eugene Maio, Fr. Jack Campbell, Fr. Chester E. Gaiter, Fr. Vincent W. Bryce, and Fr. Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl, The latter three are still on campus now.

Last week, a New York woman who says she was sexually violated by O’Donnell, St. Louis University’s ex-president. She filed an unusual new civil lawsuit charging that the Jesuits are violating a 2003 agreement with her to keep O’Donnell out of public priestly ministry. Despite these restrictions, O’Connell has subsequently taught seminars at two Jesuit universities and worked at a Berlin parish, despite his supervisors deeming the woman “credible.” O’Connell headed SLU from 1974-78.

BECKER - http://bishop-accountability.org/priestdb/PriestDBbylastName-B.html

BEUTNER - http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Beutner_Edward_F.htm

ALL - http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2009/05_06/2009_05_13_King_SNAPSays.htm

CONTACT
David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003 cell


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
www.snapnetwork.org