The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Predator priest permanently ousted; Sex abuse victims
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)
We’re grateful that Fr. Hasenberg will allegedly never work again as a priest. We hope this move will prompt others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to come forward, call police, get help, protect others and start healing.
Kids are safest when child molesters are jailed. So children will still be vulnerable until Hasenberg is locked up. That will only happen if others with knowledge of his crimes find the courage to step up and take action.
Marquette’s bishop can help make this happen. He’s got considerable resources – dozens of parish bulletins, diocesan employees and church volunteers – that could be used to reach out to others in pain. And he should personally visit every parish where this predator worked, gently but firmly urging victims and witnesses to call law enforcement.
Let’s hope the bishop won’t passively sit back and do little or nothing. Let’s hope he gets out of his office, ignores his defense lawyers, and begs his flock, in person, to seek out and offer help to anyone who may have been assaulted by Hasenberg.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688, 314-503-0003)
Diocesan priest permanently removed from ecclesiastical ministry
The Catholic Diocese of Marquette has received word from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that brings closure to the case involving the Rev. Aloysius J. Hasenberg.
In accord with the provisions of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” and the “Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons” and following the direction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 87-year-old Father Hasenberg has been permanently removed from ecclesiastical ministry and prohibited from wearing clerical clothes and publicly presenting himself as a priest.
Father Hasenberg was temporarily removed from priestly ministry and his residence at the rectory of Immaculate Conception Parish in Watersmeet in October 2008, following an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that dated back a number of years.
After a preliminary investigation and consultation with the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2008, Bishop Alexander Sample, accepting the Review Board’s recommendation, determined that there was sufficient evidence that sexual abuse of a minor may have occurred and forwarded the case to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as required by Church law. The Diocesan Review Board consists of one priest and eight lay persons, including three social workers and one psychiatrist. In accord with the Diocese of Marquette’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct in Ministry, the bishop also referred the matter to the civil authorities.
Bishop Sample met with the person who made the allegation and offered counseling and spiritual outreach.
Victims/survivors of sexual misconduct by a priest, church worker or volunteer are encouraged by Bishop Sample to bring their complaint to the diocese so that they can receive outreach and pastoral care leading toward healing. Complaints can be made in the following manner:
• Call the Moderator of the Curia, Father Ronald Browne at (906) 227-9107 / 800-562-9745, ext. 107. If Fr. Browne is unavailable, call Bishop Alexander Sample at (906) 227-9115 / 800-562-9745, ext. 115; or
• Write to Father Ronald Browne, Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Marquette, P. O. Box 1000, Marquette, MI 49855. Please mark the letter “Personal and Confidential” and indicate the means of response desired (by phone, by letter or in a meeting).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests