WA- Predator priest is now at Catholic college
Predator priest is now at Catholic college
For at least seven years, he worked in Seattle
Cleric is accused of molesting two Alaskan boys
Church officials claim he has 24-hour supervision
But he now works in “campus ministry” at Gonzaga
Group wants Seattle & Spokane prelates to “warn their flocks”
And they want Jesuit officials to “oust priest & explain their recklessness”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will urge Catholic bishops in Seattle and Spokane to
--warn their flocks about a twice-accused and once-suspended predator priest who now works at a college,
–publicly denounce the Jesuits who put him there, and
– permanently post on their websites the names, photos and whereabouts of child molesting lcerics who have worked in their dioceses.
The group will also prod Jesuit officials to
– suspend this predator, for the safety of college students and staff,
– explain and apologize for their “reckless and callous” decision to put him back to work, and
– also post predators' names, photos and whereabouts on their websites.
Monday, June 16 at 1:00 pm
On the sidewalk outside the Seattle Catholic archdiocesan headquarters (“chancery”) 710 9th Ave. (corner of Cherry St.) in downtown Seattle
Three-four members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
A once-suspended Catholic priest - who worked in Seattle for seven years and is allegedly under 24-hour supervision - now works with Gonzaga University students despite at least two allegations that he molested kids.
The Gonzaga University website shows that Fr. Bradley "Brad" R. Reynolds is the assistant director of campus ministry. And Catholic church records show that Fr. Reynolds was put on leave by his Catholic supervisors in August 2008 when he was sued by two men who say he repeatedly molested them in Alaska.
Fr. Reynolds worked in Seattle from 1983-1990 at Seattle University. Both Gonzaga and Seattle University are Jesuit institutions. But Jesuit priests can only work in a diocese with the permission of the local bishop, SNAP says. So the group is begging Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain and Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich to warn the public and their parishioners about Fr. Reynolds, insist that Jesuits suspend him and “aggressively reach out” to others he may have hurt.
In January 2009, Jesuit officials sent Fr. Reynolds to a Portland Jesuit community to allegedly live under 24-hour supervision. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2009/01_02/2009_01_22_Smetzer_FairbanksJudge.htm
However, SNAP has recently learned that Fr. Reynolds has quietly been put back on the job. http://www.gonzaga.edu/About/Mission/Jesuit-Community/Meet-the-Jesuits.asp and http://www.gonzaga.edu/About/Mission/University-Ministry/contact-us.asp
“Catholic officials let Fr. Reynolds work in two countries and several states in jobs where he had direct access to kids and today, he still does," said David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP’s director. “Now, they have a moral duty to keep him away from youngsters and a civic duty to help police see if he can be prosecuted.”
“The odds are that there’s at least one person in Washington who was assaulted by Fr. Reynolds,” said Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP’s outreach director. “That person may well be struggling today with suicidal thoughts, addictions, shame, isolation, depression or self-blame. He or she needs to be found and helped and reassured that the abuse wasn’t their fault and that healing is possible.”
Fr. Reynolds' alleged victims were represented by attorney Jim Valcarce of Bethel, Alaska.
According to an Alaska newspaper, Fr. Reynolds is “a well-known photographer and author of the Father Townsend mystery book series.”
Fr. Reynolds also worked as a priest in Colombia, South America and in Oregon and Virginia. His complete assignment history can be found here: http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Reynolds_Bradley_R_sj.htm
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.
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.