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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Cincy church officials won't release info about deceased predator
Clergy sex abuse victim speaks out
Kentucky woman talks publicly for the first time
The Ohio priest she says molested her is now deceased
And Cincy church officials won't release any info about him
Pope promises to “do everything possible;” Group urges archbishop to do the same
SNAP says disclosing facts about dead priests WON’T harm them but WILL help their victims
“Others hurt by cleric may still be trapped in shame, silence and self-blame,” organization fears
WHAT: Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, a Kentucky woman will
The victim is coming forward now, in part, because of the Pope’s promise, two weeks ago, to do “everything possible” about abuse in the church.
She will provide copies of 6-8 e mails exchanged with a top archdiocesan official.
WHEN: Friday, June 25, 1:45 p.m.
WHERE: Outside the Kettering Police Department, 3600 Shroyer Rd., Kettering OH
WHO: The victim, family and friends, two local Catholics and two clergy abuse victims who belong to an international support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
WHY: Colleen Powell was 10 - 11 years old in 1960-61 when she says she was sexually abused by a priest at St. Albert the Great parish in the Dayton suburb of Kettering OH (3033 Far Hills Ave., 937-293-1191). Powell is from a very devout Catholic family which attended St. Albert’s at the time. As a youngster, she repressed memory of the alleged crimes. In 1997, memories of the abuse resurfaced, she says.
In 2002, Powell wrote a letter to Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk and to St. Albert’s then-pastor, Fr. James Manning, reporting her abuse. Her goal was to find and help others who may have been hurt by the same predator priest. While Manning sent her a compassionate and very helpful letter, Powell was angered by Pilarczyk’s brief, cold and legalistic reply.
In 2007, she exchanged several emails with archdiocesan chancellor Fr. Joseph Binzer. Binzer said he checked the priest’s file, but like other church officials, Binzer refused to acknowledge or respond to Powell’s queries about other possible victims.
SNAP has repeatedly asked church officials to disclose the names of pedophile priests but their requests have been ignored. The group hopes local Catholic staff will be more inclined to at least release the names of deceased predators, since those men can’t be hurt by such disclosures. Their wounded victims, however, would benefit by this move, SNAP believes.
Over the past eight years, roughly 24 US bishops have released such lists of predatory priests. Only one in Ohio has (Toledo). Here is a list of these dioceses: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm
Powell is in her 50s, is single and lives in the Louisville KY area.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests