Clergy Abuse Survivors Protest Diocese of Victoria

Clergy Abuse Survivors Protest Diocese of Victoria

Lawsuit Announced This Week Claims Abuse and Cover-up at a Victoria School

Diocese of Victoria Also Denies Survivors Request to Participate in this Weekend’s Conference

WHAT: Holding signs and posters at a sidewalk press conference, local survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their advocates will:

  • Call on the Diocese of Victoria to explain why it is excluding survivors from this weekend’s conference,
  • Bring attention to an ongoing abuse and cover-up case in the Diocese of Victoria, and
  • Demand that Catholic officials reveal the whereabouts of the accused priest and all other child abusers who have lived or worked within the Diocese of Victoria

WHO: Several members of a survivor support and advocacy group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a Victoria woman whose daughter accused a priest of abuse last year and a Houston man who is the support group’s local leader

WHEN: Between 8:15 and 9:15 AM on Saturday, October 17

WHERE: Outside St. Joseph High School, located at 110 E. Red River Road in Victoria, TX, 77901

WHY: This week, it was announced that a lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and one of its priests, as well as the Diocese of Victoria and a Victoria school. Now, survivors and advocates are demanding that the Diocese of Victoria share information related to the accusations and take steps to warn parents and parishioners about potentially dangerous men in their communities.

The priest in question, Fr. Phi Nguyen, is currently under investigation by the Victoria police, but has apparently fled from justice and cannot be found to be served with the lawsuit. SNAP believes that Catholic officials likely know where Fr. Nguyen is located and are putting children and the vulnerable at risk by not disclosing his location.

Local survivors are also drawing attention to their exclusion from the Diocese of Victoria’s 33rd annual Catholic Conference that is taking place this weekend. Multiple survivors from SNAP wrote to Diocesan officials in Victoria, asking for survivor voices and experiences to be included in the conference. All but one of those survivors were completely ignored.

“This is just another example of how the Catholic Church wants survivors to be in the background,” said SNAP Leader Eduardo Lopez de Casas. “We are showing up on Saturday to show that we won’t be silent.”

CONTACT: Eduardo Lopez de Casas, SNAP Houston ([email protected],  Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)

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  • Trish Arch
    commented 2020-11-01 18:00:32 -0600
    Father Phil Nguyen is mentioned in: Case Study No. 35. Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Check The Kimberleys. He’s probably hiding in that massive Catholic Compound.
    Thank you SNAP for keeping Survivors of Abuse by The Catholic Establishment updated on what’s going on behind our Backs. From above Article I now know where The Bishop ( I won’t name him as I have already mentioned him to SNAP) who was SUPPOSED to call me was. I was tackled, sweet talked and Lied to by A Nun instead.
  • Trish Arch
    commented 2020-10-27 18:37:37 -0500
    No doubt in The World that The Catholic Establishment know where this priest is.
    No doubt in The World The Catholic Establishment helped the priest run and hide. Typical M.O.
    P.S. Check and see he’s not hiding in The Kimberelys. W. A. An Undesirable Hideout for the pedophile priests. Massive Compound Owned by The Church. That’s where the priest who got me was often sent. I even still have some of the postcards he’d send me. A Young Girl! Always ended with, ‘I love you.xxxxx’. Sickens me just thinking about him.
    My Love for The Survivors. The only way to Stamp out this Evil is TO ALWAYS KEEP IT IN THE LIMELIGHT!!!
  • Zach Hiner
    published this page in Media Events 2020-10-16 13:53:21 -0500

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