The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Blast Archbishop
Omaha Catholic Official “Flat Out Lies” Group Says
He Claims Priest Left For Alleged Health Reasons
Then, Weeks Later, Prelate Admits It Was Sex Charges
Support Group Urges Parishioners to “Donate Elsewhere”
“Don’t Let Your Shepherd Endanger The Flock,” Self Help Organization Says
The group will also urge top church staff to aggressively reach out, using church websites, newspapers, bulletins and pulpit announcements, to anyone who may have:
Astonishingly, Lucas defended his deception, claiming that “the archdiocese was abiding by Church teaching that asserts every individual has a right to a good name and reputation. To share the purpose of Father Robinson’s departure while the allegations had yet to be substantiated would have been a break from Church practice."
SNAP is appalled by Lucas’ deceit and is urging Omaha Catholics to donate elsewhere until Lucas admits he lied, apologizes and pledges to never do so again.
SNAP is also upset about a second former Omaha area cleric, Fr. James Fiala, who faces allegations that he molested a child in 2007-08 and tried, last year, to hire a hit man to kill one of his victims.
One year ago, Omaha church officials announced that they knew in 2002 that Fiala had made sexual advances toward a child in mid-1980s. SNAP is upset that the archdiocese withheld this information for so long. The group wants Lucas to work harder to find and help others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fiala’s crimes.
Fiala was ordained in Omaha and worked for the church in MO, KS, and TX. Robinson also worked in WI.
Contact: Tim Lennon 415 312 5820, David Clohessy 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director 314 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests