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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex Abuse Victims Say: Diocese Must Release Documents
20+ Victims Have Sued Catholic Church Over Abusive Cleric
Local Court Orders Baton Rouge Diocese to Stop Withholding Files
Even Predator Priest Said, At First, It’s OK to Turn Over Church Records
But Nearly a Year Later, Bishop Refuses to End “Hurtful Secrecy,” Group Says
The pending cases center on Fr. Christopher J. Springer, who worked in more than six parishes in Louisiana (including St. Gerard Majella in Baton Rouge, St. Pius X in Baton Rouge, St. Mary’s of False River, Pointe Coupee Church, Our Lady of the Assumption in Clinton, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Slidell and St. Alphonsus Parish in New Orleans).
SNAP wants local citizens and Catholics to call Muench and insist that he obey the court and turn over the records.
The lawsuits allege sexual assaults “between 1973 and 1984 while Springer “served in a position of authority for the devoutly Catholic families,” according to The Advocate.
Springer now works and lives at a retirement community in Pearl River, LA. Last year, Springer had authorized the release of the Diocese's file, but later withdrew his consent, claiming he’d agreed to the disclosure “under duress.”
Charles Cusimano is one of the attorneys for the diocese, Cyrus Greco is one of Springer’s lawyers. Houston attorney Felecia Peavy (713-222-0205) represents all the former altar boys who are suing.
Cusimano said, at one point Springer worked in the Clinton area and had a trailer there.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests