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SNAP Press Release

Sixteen child sex cases against cleric settle

He worked, lived and molested in Chicago

Top Catholic staffer caught “lying” in writing

And later, as a result, another boy was molested, SNAP says

Official is now in Rome & group wants Pope to discipline him

WHAT
Holding signs and photos at a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--disclose 16 recent settlements involving a predator who abused, worked and lived (for the last 8 years) in Chicago,
--blast a church official who lied in writing & helped the predator get a state job where he abused again, and
--urge the Pope to discipline that official.

They will also
--announce that the predator has recently been moved out of Chicago to an undisclosed place in Pennsylvania &
--urge

WHEN
TODAY, Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE
Outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 835 N. Rush Street , north of Chicago Ave

WHO
Several concerned Catholics and supporters who belong to a national support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

VISUALS
Photos of Rose, a lawsuit, and other material will be provided.

DETAILS
Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that several civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits were quietly settled involving a large Catholic religious order whose regional headquarters is in a Chicago suburb. The cases centered on Brother Charles Anthony "Raimond" Rose, who molested at least one child in Chicago, taught at a Chicago parochial school, and lived for the last eight years in Chicago.

SNAP has learned that 16 cases involving Rose were resolved weeks ago with no fanfare or public announcement.

Rose belongs to the Christian Brothers. Yesterday, the AP also reported that the now #2 Christian Brother official in the world lied in writing to a Rose victim in 1995, claiming that Rose “had been forbidden from contact with anyone under 18.” In fact, at that time, Rose was working at a state juvenile facility in Minnesota, where he abused at least one boy.

SNAP now wants the writer of that letter, Brother Thomas Johnson (who is now in Rome), to be disciplined by the Pope.

(From 2002 until earlier this year, Rose lived in a church facility near the De La Salle Institute, a high school for boys where he taught from 1960-63 and again from 1966-68. But church officials now say he’s been sent to an undisclosed location in Pennsylvania. For the sake of public safety, SNAP believes Rose’ bosses should tell the public and parishioners his whereabouts, so they can better protect their children.)

Four more abuse suits against Rose and the Christian Brothers were filed last month and one was filed in October. This summer, five men filed similar suits charging that Rose abused them at two Minnesota Catholic schools. In 2003, Rose was also sued for molesting a California child. In 2004, that civil case settled for $ 1.1 million.

A hearing in one of the pending cases is set for Monday in Minnesota.

Rose has worked for the Christian Brothers for at least five decades. His photo is at BishopAccountabilty.org

Rose's victims are represented by attorney Patrick Noaker of St. Paul MN, 651 227 9990, 612 961 1307 cell. (NOTE: none of Rose's victims will be at the event today.)

CONTACT
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP president and founder, 312 299 4747, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, Bob Schwiderski of Wayzata MN, Minnesota SNAP Director 952 471 3422


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