CT- Priest arrested for sexual assault, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, March 31, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]) 

A Connecticut priest who has been suspended since last year has been arrested for sexual assault. We are glad that this dangerous predator has finally been arrested. 


Fr. Paul Gotta from the Archdiocese of Hartford, but living in Bridgeport, was first put on administrative leave a year ago after complaints of sexual abuse, one of the complaints involved a minor. The archdiocese said in a statement that “We offer our prayers for all concerned in this matter”

We hope they will offer more than prayers and offer real action to help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. 

(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 25 years and have more than 15,000 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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

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  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-03-31 21:51:37 -0500
    You know? One of the articles that I think I read here, quoted the pope as saying that the sexual abuse of children by priests was the “church’s shame”. Of course I wholeheartedly agree that it is the greatest epidemic of crimes by priest pedophiles and that THOSE heinous crimes against children; along with the enambling, hiding and abetting of the offending priests by the catholic church’s bishops; is in fact horrendous shame of and in the catholic church. My question to the pope is, why on God’s green earth are YOU allowing and encouraging these criminals? Why are you not putting an END TO THIS SHAME-FILLED, SHAMING AND SHAMEFUL crimes against humanity being committed in your, catholic church?!? (I used to call it my church. I won’t again, until after this contagion, this shameful scandal, these crimes against humanity, are STOPPED!)
    Tell us all, please, pope francis, WHAT EXCUSE DO YOU GIVE for not offering real action to help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded?

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