Diocese of Green Bay Releases List of Clerics Accused of Abuse
For immediate release, January 17, 2019
It is always helpful for survivors when these lists are posted, especially for those who may be suffering in silence. Seeing that they are not alone helps victims heal and could also compel others who were abused – whether by the same person or in the same place – to come forward.
What is not helpful for survivors is when church officials carefully curate these lists, leaving off names of priests who are accused because they do not meet the diocese’s ever-changing and nebulous definition of “credible.”
There has been at least some curation in this case as the list released today contains only diocesan priests, eschewing the names of religious order priests that served in the Green Bay area. For example, Bishop Accountability lists the following order priests who have been accused of abuse and spent time in Green Bay but are not disclosed in today’s release: Fr. Angelo Feldkamp, Fr. Camillus Frigo, Fr. Eric Middlecamp, Fr. Rudolph Nocinski, Fr. Loren Nys, Fr. James Stein,
We call on Bishop David Ricken to expand the list to include any religious order priests who have spent time in Green Bay, even if they offended elsewhere. We also encourage Bishop Ricken to release the names of any nuns, deacons or other church staff who may have allegations against them, as we know that abusers can be anyone, not just priests.
For the sake of not only survivors, but also the truth and the public’s right to know it, we encourage Wisconsin’s attorney general to look closely at this disclosure by the Diocese of Green Bay and compare it to records and files seized through the course of an independent investigation.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (email@example.com, 517-974-9009)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)