Our hearts go out to Fr. Robert’s alleged victims as they come forward with this lawsuit. We thank them for their courage – it is usually incredibly difficult for childhood victims to come forward even well into adulthood. Far too many people have experienced ongoing suffering like David Turrill's.
- In March, bishop gave cleric permission to be near children
- His being with kids was no mistake, suit says, but Finn’s deliberate choice
- While supposedly “restricted,” cleric was on computer & travelling a lot
- Then, less than three months ago, troubled Catholic priest exploited another girl
- Self help group blasts diocese for not putting Ratigan in secure treatment facility
If Catholic officials had acted properly, this spring, Fr. Ratigan might have been in jail or would have been in a treatment center. In any case, at least one kid would have been spared being sexually exploited and victimized.
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We are saddened but not surprised by these allegations.
- One cleric defied Catholic hierarchy & helped victims.
- The other heads a parish that tangled with Archbishop Burke.
Shame on Davenport Bishop Martin Amos, and shame on diocesan public relations man David Montgomery. Their refusal to disclose where two potentially dangerous child molesting clerics live is stunningly reckless.
- She decried Catholic hierarchy’s cover-ups & helped victims.
- Reform-minded lay group & victims organization praise her.
- Her devotion to personal support and public advocacy is a model for Catholics, SNAP says.
A Minnesota judge has ruled that a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against a notorious predator priest (Fr. Thomas Adamson) and his Catholic supervisors (in the Twin Cities and Winona) can proceed.