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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Camden Diocese removes local priest due to "substantiated" sex abuse incident; Sex abuse victims respond
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 are glad that Camden’s Catholic bishop has ousted a priest, Rev. Brendan Sullivan, with a "substantiated" allegation of child sexual abuse. We applaud this brave victim for coming forward and reporting this horrific crime.
We encourage the diocese to be honest and forthcoming about clergy sex crimes and cover-ups to turn over all information about this crime to police and prosecutors.
Now more than ever we beg anyone with information about Sullivan's alleged misdeeds should come forward, get help, and call police so that kids can be protected and so that healing can happen.
(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 21 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), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Camden Diocese removes local priest due to "substantiated" sex abuse incident
By DEREK HARPER, Staff Writer | Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | comments
The Camden Diocese recently removed a priest from the ministry following a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse, diocese spokesman Andrew Walton said.
Rev. Brendan V. Sullivan, 75, "may not function as a priest and may not present himself as a priest," Walton said on Tuesday.
Walton said a now-adult male brought the allegations of an incident in 1981, when the man was 14.
Sullivan was removed Feb. 23 and the incident reported to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Sullivan graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in 1955 and was ordained in 1960, serving in 10 parishes in southern New Jersey, the Catholic Star Herald reported.
Locally, that included Blessed Sacrament Church, Margate, 1965-1975; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, Absecon, 1976-1978; St. James Parish, Ventnor, 1987-2004.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests