The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Priest admits molesting kids
He may have as many as 30 victims
Group urges BR diocese to settle cases
Once secret church records to be released
Priest’s four page confession will also be provided
Cleric who worked in New Orleans & Baton Rouge
Event happens on day of important federal court hearing
Catholic officials try to “exploit” First Amendment, SNAP says
They will also publicly prod Louisiana Catholic religious officials to
And they’ll urge a three-judge panel to let a lawsuit by one of the predator’s victim move forward.
Springer’s former employer, a Catholic religious order called the Redemptorists, is trying to have the suit tossed out claiming that it will interfere with their “freedom of religion.” SNAP contends, however, that the law guarantees freedom to believe what we want, not act how we want. The group is urging the judges to let the suit proceed.
Meanwhile some nine more civil cases involving Springer are pending against the Baton Rouge diocese, where he also worked. Most were filed in 2006. SNAP is accusing Baton Rouge diocesan officials of deliberately dragging out the cases. For the sake of “still suffering victims,” SNAP is calling on Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench to resolve those cases quickly.
Springer’s guilt has been clearly established, SNAP says, and much about Springer’s crimes is known, so settling with the victims could and should happen faster.
Springer worked in more than six parishes in Louisiana (including several in New Orleans). Initially, he was part of a religious order called the Redemptorists. In 1973, the head of Redemptorists wrote that Springer was “causing much harm to the members of the community” and “has tried to maneuver people so that he could do his ‘own thing.’” However, the order gave Springer a “clean bill of health” and on that basis, in 1973, the Baton Rouge diocese accepted him for ministry.
In his March 2009 confession, Springer claims he was molested as a youngster by a priest and writes “I got a dispensation from the Redemptorists without the Redemptorists telling the diocese that I had needed help.”
Springer was defrocked in 1990. His victims are represented by Houston attorney Felecia Peavy (713-222-0205, 281-787-8244, firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Springer’s assignments include: St. Gerard Majella in Baton Rouge, St. Pius X in Baton Rouge, St. Mary’s of False River, Pointe Coupee Church, Our Lady of the Assumption in Clinton, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Slidell and St. Alphonsus Parish in New Orleans).
The victim in this suit being heard today, Chuck Bishop of Florida, will be at the news conference. The case is on the 9:00 a.m. docket today, June 9 in federal court in New Orleans.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests