LA- Victims seek bishop's help

For immediate release: Friday, March 7, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, [email protected]

Victims seek bishop's help

Predator priest was sued twice for abuse 

He allegedly sexually assaulted two kids in Louisiana 

Group wants Catholic officials to reach out to victims

“Prelates should warn unsuspecting families about him,” SNAP says

A now retired priest was sued twice for molesting kids in Louisiana was “outed” in Florida last week. 

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims wants Lafayettte Bishop Michael Jarrell to “aggressively reach out” to others he may have hurt and explain why he has “put children in harm's way by keeping silent about the two settlements and the predator's whereabouts for years.”

In 2003, Fr. Marshall Larriviere was accused in a lawsuit of molesting a girl in the 1960s. Later, another girl joined the lawsuit. In 2008 the Lafayette Louisiana Catholic diocese quietly settled with the two victims for an undisclosed amount.

“For more than a decade, Bishop Jarrell and his colleagues have promised to be 'open' about clergy sex crimes but repeatedly break those promises,” said David Clohessy, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “As best we can tell, despite these pledges, Bishop Jarrell told no one – or very few – about these settlements or about Fr. Larriviere's move to Florida.”

“How will Lafayette Catholics feel if it turns out that Fr. Larriviere molested more kids after Bishop Jarrell quietly settled these lawsuit and while Bishop Jarrell kept secret about this predator's movements?” asked Barbara Dorris, SNAP's outreach director.

Fr. Larriviere worked at St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville from 1963-1968 and was also a Navy chaplain.

Fr. Larriviere, now in his 60s, lives at 1710 Manasota Beach Rd. in Englewood (941-473-3829), in the Venice Catholic diocese. SNAP members held a news conference last week in Florida, urging the Venice bishop to warn his flock about Fr. Larriviere's presence.

SNAP wants Bishop Jarrell to use his vast resources and warn vulnerable families about this predator priest.

“Bishops and priests should use their vast resources and bully pulpits to reach out to victims and to warn parishioners and the public,” said Dorris. “Bishops hire, train, ordain, transfer, shield, and promote priests, so they have a duty to be transparent about abuse reports and to protect children not, predators.”

Regardless of their clerical status, SNAP believes that bishops have a moral and civic duty to warn the public about predator priests, especially those who have moved or been sent away to other states where they live among unsuspecting families. 

“Whether a predator priest has been defrocked, suspended, is 'AWOL,' and no matter whose payroll he is or was on, bishops must use their resources to protect kids and alerting parents about predators through church websites, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements,” said Dorris.

 Fr. Larriviere is apparently now leaving comments in online funeral guestbooks, in which he continues to identify himself as a priest who still says mass. (Just google "Rev. Marshall Larriviere" in quotes). The latest one is from December 2013.

A photo of Fr. Larriviere is available at

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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

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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  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-03-07 14:08:23 -0600
    I meant “chicken coop”…not that that small error matters. It’s still true, whether or not I used a weak analogy in this instance of posting my comment. I believe we cannot convince the guilty, to in effect, turn themselves in.
    I beleive that alerting and warning not only catholic parishoners, but the general public of retired, catholic pedophile priests living nearby, will likely only come after the majority of all catholics have been convinced that these pedophile priests, clerics, laity and catholic employees are in fact criminals, and must be made subject to both the criminal and civil codes and laws of the United States of America.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-03-07 13:59:54 -0600
    We can’t depend on the fox to protect the chicken hatch. It’s obvious to me, now, that none of our persuasive, passionate and logical debate will effect the Bishops and other catholic church clergy and laity and employees to warn parish members of specific, admitted child molesters living and working in their parrish. It’s almost ludicrious to continue to try to “beg, shame, and implore” them in the name of Christ, to do so. Just think of the communication with the pope in the last few days since this Ash Wednesday. It’s nearly unfathomable! The level of denial, is almost incredulous. I woke up this morning, to turn on the news, only to hear a report of the pope “announcing to the world” that he had been a thief one time, and stolen the rosary off a corpse of a priest, from his casket. This statement after refusing to deal with the pleas of victims of sexual abuse by catholic priests, clergy, laity and employees. Refusing to acknowledge that he, as leader of the catholic church, the only leader of the catholic church in the world, has done nothing, and apparently wil not do anything to STOP THE ABUSE, and help heal ALL of those, thus abused. If the pope won’t, how can we continue to hope that plead with a catholic bishop to do so. I live where roger mahony became archbishop, then cardinal. I don’t believe that we should believe in the goodness, of any of them, anymore.
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