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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse events today, MONDAY, in CT, in Bridgeport & Hartford
1) ---------------- Hartford event
Clergy sex abuse victims “out” predator priest
They disclose secret settlement involving cleric
He’s never been publicly accused of molesting before
Victim is now in prison for murdering his grandfather
Self help group wants bishop to post names of all pedophile priests
The two groups will also prod parishioners to
McGann’s victim, Jeff Libby, is in prison in Maine for murdering his grandfather in 1986. SNAP and experienced therapists who have evaluated Libby, strongly believe McGann’s abuse contributed significantly to Libby’s crime.
SNAP strongly suspects that Hartford’s Archbishop Henry Mansell is hiding the names of other proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. It is urging Mansell to disclose the identities of all other child molesting church employees – whether lay or ordained, alive or dead, religious or diocesan, and current or former workers. SNAP also want the names, and info about each employee’s crimes, posted on church websites.
McGann violated Libby between 1975-77 at St. Gregory’s Catholic church (235 Maltby St., 860-589-2295) in Bristol CT. McGann molested Libby in the rectory and elsewhere, including out-of-town trips. The abuse, which included forced oral and anal sex, started when Libby was 12 years old.
SNAP believes McGann also worked at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Plainville, CT.
Libby is sentenced to serve 60 years. He’s now at Maine State Prison in Warren, Maine (his home state). Now in his late 40s, Libby is now represented by Maine attorney Richard Olson (207 871 7159) and Hartford attorney David Jaffe (860 522 3343).
Roughly 24 other US bishops have posted on their websites the names, and priestly status of child molesting clerics who are or have been in their dioceses.
According to a Boston-based independent research group called BishopAccountabilty.org, there are 28 publicly accused Hartford archdiocesan child molesting clerics.
SNAP notes that the actual number of Hartford 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 more recent 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
SNAP is the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Its website is SNAPnetwork.org. BishopAccountability.org is an online library of documents and data pertaining to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Its website is www.bishopaccountability.org.
2) -------------------------- Bridgeport event
Two groups challenge bishop over three alleged predators
Accused Jesuit & ex-nun both ministered in local towns recently
A third church worker was involved in big settlement just last week
Groups prod bishop: “Alert parents to these allegations so kids will be safer”
Bishop also must also list credibly accused clerics on church web sites, they say
They will also prod the bishop to publicly list on his website the names and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics.
Long’s and courier’s whereabouts are unknown. Fabbozzi deceased.
Last year, Courier’s alleged victim, Doug Perlitz, pled guilty to molesting kids. In 2008, Fabbozzi’s alleged victim, Michael Powel, died.
The two groups say that Lori is also breaking his promises of “transparency.” His formal abuse policy pledges, "The Diocese will maintain a public record, including a website, that lists the names of priests and deacons who have been removed from ministry." But Lori hasn’t updated the public about the status of accused priests since 2003. His “continuing secrecy,” the groups say, is endangering children now.
In comparison, the groups point to the Manchester NH diocese (which is much smaller than Bridgeport.) According to public records, from December 2003 to 2007, the NH diocese received reports against 27 more clerics. In the same period, however, Lori revealed only two or three newly accused clerics.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests