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Clergy sex victims prod NJ bishop

They “out” a never- before-disclosed pedophile

“Name the other still-secret predators,” group begs

SNAP: “And post all child molesting clerics on your website”

WHAT: Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose the name of a never-before-publicly accused predator priest (who worked in Trenton for decades and recruited 30 other clerics for the diocese). The victims will also

--urge current and former church employees and members with information about clergy sex crimes to come forward, get help, and call police, & protect kids

They will also publicly urge Trenton’s new Catholic bishop to;
-- post on his website the proven, admitted and credibly accused predator clergy, and
-- personally visit parishes where predators have worked prodding victims to call police and prosecutors so wrongdoers can be jailed and wrongdoing can be prevented.

WHEN: Monday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Outside the Trenton diocese headquarters (“chancery”), 701 Lawrenceville Road in Trenton, NJ

WHO: Three clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a Chicago woman who is the organization’s founder and president

WHY: Until his death in 1988, Fr. Michael M. Garry was active in the Trenton diocese for more than 30 years. He bragged about bringing 30 priests from Ireland to New Jersey (according to a 1981 article in the Daily Register of Shrewsbury NJ). SNAP has learned that Garry molested children yet church officials have never disclosed this. And SNAP is concerned about nine other proven, admitted or credibly accused Trenton area pedophile priests whose identities have never been made known.

Several years ago, Trenton diocesan officials reported, in a national church self-survey "Of the 25 priests found to have substantiated allegations, 16 were priests of the Diocese of Trenton and nine either belonged to a religious order or were priests from another diocese who were serving in Trenton.” For the safety of children and the healing of victims, SNAP believes Trenton church staff has a duty to disclose who and where those nine are.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/usccb/natureandscope/dioceses/trentonnj.htm

Garry has only been publicly named a predator in Joe Rigert’s 2009 book, An Irish Tragedy (Rigert, 763-412-7717, is retired from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis & served as president of the Investigative Reporters & Editors.)

According to a 2002 report made to the NJ Attorney General, Garry repeatedly molested Susan Renehan (774-230-1463, 508-756-5257) from1960 to 1963 at St. Mark's parish in Sea Girt NJ.

SNAP also wants Trenton Bishop David O'Connell to do what 24 other bishops have done, and post on his website, for the sake of public safety, the names, whereabouts and priestly status of child molesting clerics who are or have been in Trenton, NJ.

According to a Boston-based independent research group called BishopAccountabilty.org, there are 16 publicly accused Allentown diocesan child-molesting clerics. SNAP notes that the actual number of Trenton area pedophile priests is likely much higher because BishopAccountability.org lists only those clerics against whom allegations have been lodged in the public domain – in civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution or news accounts.

In 2002, Baltimore became the first US diocese to disclose names. A good current example is the Philadelphia archdiocese: http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm . Here is a list of all the dioceses that have disclosed names: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm .

Garry worked in one town in the Newark archdiocese (Linden) and eight towns in the Trenton diocese (Manasquan, Jamesburg, Monmouth Junction, Flemington, Sea Girt, Bradley Beach, Blairstown, and West Long Branch). He also spent some time in Sacramento California and died in 1988.

CONTACT - Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com, David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314 862 7688, Barbara Polesir 609 859 2069


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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