HI--Prolific “missing” ex-NV abusive cleric “found” in Hawaii; Victims respond

For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 14, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

An abusive Catholic cleric – who worked in Nevada, may have molested 50 kids and whose whereabouts were deemed “unknown” by church officials - has turned up in Hawaii. Though his church supervisors knew of his crimes as far back as the 1960s, they let keep teaching for years.


He’s Brother Edward C. “Chris” Courtney. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he taught at parochial schools and churches in MI, NY, IL and WA. In the 1980s, he also taught in public schools in Reno.


We urge Reno Bishop Roque Calvo to use pulpit announcements, parish bulletins, church websites and other tools to aggressively seek out others in Nevada who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Courtney or cover ups by his colleagues.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747bblaine@snapnetwork.org)


The Final Final Trial of Edward Courtney

For 30 years, the man of God molested students he was hired to teach and guide. Over and over he was accused, questioned, transferred, rehabilitated, and accused again. But he never truly paid for his sins.

By Rick Anderson, Seattle Weekly, May 6 2014

Edward Courtney’s cross-country, school-to-school, boy-to-boy journey lasted more than 30 years and scarred the lives of more victims than he could remember. But by the end of it, if it really ever ended, he still could not . . . 

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