Fr. Patrick Casey Pleads Guilty, SNAP Reacts

A Michigan priest who was charged with sexual abuse has pled to a lesser charge. For the safety of the vulnerable, we hope the cleric is put behind bars for as long as possible.

Fr. Patrick Casey was accused of sexually coercing and abusing a man who came to him for counseling. This kind of abuse of power can be very damaging and we are hopeful that the victim in this case is getting the help he needs. 

We are very grateful to the brave victim in this case and to the law enforcement professionals who pursued it. We hope that others who were abused in Michigan, whether by Fr. Casey or others, will come forward, make a report to police, and start healing.


CONTACT: Jeanne Hunton, SNAP Michigan ([email protected], 586-804-3654), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 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

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  • Loyolaalum Snap
    commented 2019-10-08 16:26:58 -0500
    Somewhat related to this is Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore announced restrictions on the ministry of both retired West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield and retired Bishop Gordon Bennett (a Jesuit, originally from California) in March 2019.
    Bishop Gordon Bennett (a Jesuit) was barred from ministering in the Baltimore archdiocese following harassment allegations regarding a young adult (not necessarily an adult seeking spiritual guidance).
    Bishop Bennett had previously been assigned for 6-years to the Jesuit California Novitiate (seminary) which was populated with young adults seeking spiritual guidance.

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