The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Thursday, June 30, 2011
Louisville priest indicted for sodomy; SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
Schook is just one of the wrongdoers here. For the safety of kids, Louisville archdiocese officials should have put him in a remote, secure treatment facility. Kurtz should never have suspended him from one parish yet quietly move him to another. That was extraordinarily reckless.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. 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)
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Catholic priest indicted on seven sodomy charges
12:47 PM, Jun. 30, 2011 | Written by Peter Smith
A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a Roman Catholic priest on seven felony charges of sodomy.
The indictment of Rev. James R. Schook was read Thursday afternoon in Jefferson Circuit Court. He faces three counts of sodomy in the second degree and four counts of sodomy in the third degree.
Police and prosecutors first began investigating the case in mid-2009.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz had temporarily removed Schook from ministry in July 2009 — when he was serving as pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Church on Rangeland Road — after the archdiocese received the first in a series of recent complaints alleging Schook had committed sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Archdiocese of Louisville announced in March 2010 that Schook's suspension from ministry became permanent after it concluded that claims against him were valid. He remains a priest but has been forbidden to do public ministry or present himself as a priest publicly.
Schook was also at the center of a recently dismissed lawsuit against the archdiocese. Former St. Therese Church bookkeeper Margie Weiter and her husband Gary Weiter Sr. alleged she was fired for objecting after Schook began residing at the Germantown parish in late 2009 and early 2010.
Schook had resided at the parish for several months after the accusation was announced in July 2009, when he was placed on leave as pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Church.
The archdiocese has said Weiter lost her job due to a budget cut, not due to retaliation.
Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry dismissed the lawsuit in May, saying the court could not interfere with how religious organizations do internal discipline and also saying state employment laws wouldn’t have governed the type of claim she brought.
The Weiters are appealing to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Schook was ordained in 1975.
Schook previously had assignments at St. Thomas More, St. Raphael, Ascension, St. Lawrence, St. Polycarp and Our Lady of Consolation parishes in Louisville. St. Polycarp and Our Lady are now part of St. Peter the Apostle.
He also worked in the Catholic Deaf Community Ministry, St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Church in Payneville, Ky., and St. Theresa Church in Rhodelia, Ky., according to the archdiocese.
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