IN - Ft. Wayne priest accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, [email protected]

It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused as a child. So we commend the individual who reported his or her suffering caused by the predatory deeds of Fr.  James Seculoff.

Also, it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim.

We urge Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to visit every parish where Fr. Seculoff worked, and reach out to any other person who may have seen,, suspected or suffered crimes  by this priest or cover ups by his supervisors.

The bishop should urge them to call the police, no matter how long ago the abuse or wrongdoing may have happened.. Rhoades should also post this important information about Fr. Seculoff in the diocese newspaper, church bulletins, and on the diocese web site. 

Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

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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