MN--Archbishop breaking church policy on accused priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 19

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  (952-334-5180,

Another Twin Cities priest is accused of abuse and again, Catholic officials aren’t honoring their pledges.

Credibly accused child molesting clerics are to be suspended. But Archbishop John Nienstedt is letting Fr. Gerald Dvorak take a leave of absence.

The church’s national abuse policy says nothing about voluntary leaves by alleged predators.

Nienstedt is also circulating a statement from Fr. Dvorak.

The church’s national abuse policy makes says nothing about bishops to circulate statements to the public by alleged predators.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,, Verne Wagner, Northern Minnesota SNAP director (218-340-1277,  

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