WA--“Missing” ex-WA abusive cleric “found” in Hawaii; Victims respond
For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
An abusive Catholic cleric – who worked in Seattle and whose whereabouts were deemed “unknown” by Seattle church officials just weeks ago - is in Hawaii, the Los Angeles Times has disclosed. The revelation casts further doubt on Archbishop Peter Sartain’s claim that his staff worked years on putting together a list of predator priests.
The cleric is Brother Edward C. “Chris” Courtney. Though his church supervisors knew of his crimes as far back as the 1960s, they let keep teaching for years, into the 1980s, at parochial schools in MI, NY, IL and WA and at public schools in NV.
We urge Sartain to use pulpit announcements, parish bulletins, church websites and other tools to aggressively seek out others in Washington who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Courtney or cover ups by his colleagues. He has molested dozens of kids. We firmly believe that an aggressive outreach effort by Sartain and his colleagues would bring forward a victim who is young enough to be able to prosecute this child molesting cleric.
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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)
The Final Final Trial of Edward Courtney
For 30 years, the man of God molested students he was hired to teach and guide. Over and over he was accused, questioned, transferred, rehabilitated, and accused again. But he never truly paid for his sins.
By Rick Anderson, Seattle Weekly, May 6 2014
Edward Courtney’s cross-country, school-to-school, boy-to-boy journey lasted more than 30 years and scarred the lives of more victims than he could remember. But by the end of it, if it really ever ended, he still could not bring himself to say . . .
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
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