MI & HI--Prolific “missing” ex-Detroit abusive cleric “found” in Hawaii; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 12, 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 is suspected of molesting more than 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 in Michigan and four other states


He’s Brother Edward C. “Chris” Courtney. He taught at a Catholic school in Birmingham Michigan (and worked at church institutions in IL, NY, NV and WA).

We urge Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron to use pulpit announcements, parish bulletins, church websites and other tools to aggressively seek out others in Michigan 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)

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