Ex priest who worked in NE, TX and MO convicted of trying to hire hit man; SNAP responds

We are pleased that the jury has found Fr. John Fiala guilty. Considerable evidence showed that Fiala has committed several crimes. For the safety of kids, we hope he'll be locked up for a long time.

Fr. Fiala was ordained in Nebraska, but left the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1996 to join the Society of the Most Holy Trinity in Texas. Six years later, Omaha received an accusation that Fiala had made advances on a young boy in the 1980s. The Archdiocese reportedly referred this complaint to the Society, and to law enforcement officials in Texas.

According to a civil lawsuit filed by one accuser, who is now 20, Fiala repeatedly sexually assaulted the boy in 2007 and 2008. The suit alleges that Fiala twice forced the boy to have sex at gunpoint when Fiala was at the Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Rocksprings, Texas.

We suspect he could still be prosecuted for other crimes and that church officials who ignored or concealed wrongdoing might also be prosecuted. So now is not the time for complacency. We hope every single person - especially current or former Catholic Church employees or members - who saw, suspected or suffered Fiala's crimes will call law enforcement immediately.

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  • Patricia Sulecki
    commented 2012-05-19 09:01:05 -0500
    The Statute of limatation needs to be abolised"no matter how old these Priest are or how long ago" that they molested a child the Priest need to be brought to justice"all of the Priest that are alive " Justice" and the Priest must be treated just like all the other child molesters.These Priest are child molesters before they are ordained a Priest" this is why they become Priest" as sick as this sounds"so these Priest can children around with in their reach.These Priest hurting children" is decades old “Why” because so many people still believe these Priest are serving God" that nobody can send a Priest to jail" because they are holy" just because they are ordained " I don’t think so.Everybody has to wake up" it isn’t a sin to send a Priest to jail "No it isn’t " I believe it ’s a sin to let the Priest & Pope go on for decades" molesting & hurting children and never to be punished for their crime. Why "because of the statute of limitation and the Vatician " What a shame" We were brain washed for all these years"believing the Priest and the Nuns" are so Holy " this should be an eye opener for all around the World .
  • David Clohessy
    published this page in Official SNAP Media Statements 2012-05-18 10:27:02 -0500

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