The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Accused predator priest quits; Sex abuse victims respond
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)
Yesterday, we wrote Berwyn’s mayor about Frank Paduch, a defrocked, accused serial predator priest who has been on the city’s payroll until suspended last month, when we revealed child sex abuse allegations against him.
Today, city officials report that Paduch has resigned.
That’s not good enough. Yesterday, we urged Berwyn’s mayor to disclose the results of the city’s investigation into Paduch. Today, we repeat our call for city officials to tell citizens what they’ve learned about this dangerous predator.
We also renew our plea to Cardinal Francis George and his Texas colleague, Beaumont’s Catholic bishop, to disclose what they know about Paduch’s crimes.
Unless city and church officials ‘come clean’ and tell the truth about this predator, he’ll resurface five or ten years from now in another job near kids. He’ll tell his future employer that he voluntarily stepped down in Berwyn because of some controversy or a false allegation, and again find a position that gives him access to vulnerable youngsters. It’s irresponsible for church and city officials to let this happen.
We thank those brave Berwyn citizens and Paduch victims who have cooperated with us to help warn parents about and protect children from a sexual predator.
Finally, we urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Paduch’s crimes to come forward, call police, protect others and begin healing.
(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 (314-503-0003)
Ex-priest targeted by abuse suit quits Berwyn post
February 23, 2010 11:10 AM | No Comments
A former Roman Catholic priest sued in 1997 for allegedly abusing a youth at Chicago's St. Rita High School has resigned from his city job in west suburban Berwyn, according to a statement released by city today.
Frank Paduch, who has served as Berwyn's advocate for senior citizens, will have no more responsibilities with the city.
Paduch was placed on administrative leave last month after the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests protested his employment and alerted the city to the 1997 suit, accusing Paduch of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s. The Augustinian religious order reached a settlement two years later. Several years later, the city of Berwyn hired Paduch as its advocate for senior citizens.
According to the statement, a police investigation found no similar complaints have been received by the city regarding Paduch during his employment there.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests