The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Group wants Catholic official fired
Top church staffer lied to a victim & a state agency
As a result, a child molesting cleric got a tax-funded job
And he went on to molest at least one other boy in that post
Victims and advocates want action by Pope & DC-based religious order
They will also urge others who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrong-doing, protect children and start healing.
Both men belong to a world-wide religious order called the Christian Brothers, which runs hundreds of Catholic schools. The pedophile is Brother Charles Anthony "Raimond" Rose, who is accused of molesting dozens of kids in California, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Florida. The Catholic official is Brother Thomas Johnson, who is now in Rome working as the #2 Christian Brothers leader in the world.
SNAP is asking the Pope, and the Christian Brothers, to fire or at least discipline Johnson. SNAP also wants the Christian Brothers to launch a multi-state outreach effort to find others who have been hurt by Rose.
(From 2002 until earlier this year, Rose lived in a church facility next to a Catholic boys’ high school in Chicago 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 in November and one was filed in October. This summer, five men filed similar suits charging that Rose abused them. 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 today in Minnesota.
Rose has worked for the Christian Brothers for at least five decades. His real name is Charles Anthony Rose. His photo is at BishopAccountabilty.org
Rose's victims are represented by St. Paul MN attorneys Patrick Noaker of St. Paul MN (651 227 9990, 612 961 1307 cell) and Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell).
(NOTE: none of Rose's victims will be at the event today.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests