TX - Victims urge bishop to act
Predator priest now lives in Dallas
Catholic officials say he's "credibly accused"
He was "outed" for first time last week in Minnesota
And he supposedly faces a church defrocking trial this month
For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging a Texas bishop to warn his flock about an abusive priest who has reportedly moved to the Dallas area.
Last week, a Minnesota judge ordered the Winona diocese to release a list of credibly accused predator priests. One of them is Fr. Joseph C. Cashman.
It was the first time Fr. Cashman was publicly accused of molesting kids. Church officials are trying to defrock him.
“We believe that Fr. Cashman is still dangerous and belongs behind bars,” said Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “But this predator will probably continue to escape consequences for his crimes unless bishops in Dallas and Minnesota start acting with real compassion and decisiveness.”
“Bishops recruit, educate, ordain, hire, train, transfer and shield predator priests,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP’s director. “So when credible abuse reports surface, they must warn the public and take active steps to help police investigate the allegations and help parents safeguard their kids.”
SNAP is calling on both Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas and Bishop John M. Quinn of Winona to “use church websites and parish bulletins and pulpit announcements to warn parents about Fr. Cashman and beg those with knowledge or suspicions of his crimes to call law enforcement immediately.”
There are 16 publicly accused child molesting Catholic clerics in the Winona diocese and 20 in the Dallas diocese, according to BishopAccountability.org
Here is part of the Winona diocese’s information on Cashman:
Date of Birth: May 12, 1934
Date of Ordination: May 31, 1960
June 13, 1960 - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona, MN
August 20, 1963 -Saint John, Rochester, MN
August 20, 1963 - Lourdes High School, Rochester, MN
July 1, 1967 - Loyola High School, Mankato, MN
July 1, 1967 - Saint Joseph, Good Thunder, MN
June 24, 1970 - Lourdes High School, Rochester, MN
June 24, 1970 - Saint Margaret, Mantorville, MN
July 1, 1977 - Saint John the Baptist, Mankato, MN
July 2, 1985 - Saint Mary, Caledonia, MN
Ministerial Status: Ministerial privileges suspended September, 1992; laicization pending in Canonical Tribunal.
Current Address: Dallas, TX
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.