NH- Clergy sex victims seek more info on charges

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

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

Clergy sex victims seek more info on charges

NH church official pled guilty to felony theft

But amount he stole from 3 institutions remains hidden 

Citizens and Catholics deserve to know more,” SNAP says

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging New Hampshire’s Catholic bishop and attorney general to release more information about the crimes of an admitted thief who has been a long time top diocesan official.



Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are urging Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci and Attorney General Joseph Foster to “tell parishioners and the public how much Msgr. Edward Arsenault has stolen and whether he's suspected of other misdeeds too.”

“Catholic bishops have pledged to be 'open' about clergy crimes, yet Bishop Libasci is revealing almost nothing about Msgr. Arsenault's theft,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP’s director. “We understand not wanting to compromise an on-going investigation, but can't see how telling people whether this diocesan official stole $4,500 or $450,000 – and may have broken other laws – hurts in any way.” 

“No one in the Manchester diocese has said anything for months about the accusation that Msgr. Arsenault has committed sexual misconduct with an adult,” said Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP's outreach director. “It doesn't take a rocket scientist or years to determine whether that allegation has merit and it's callous and self-serving for Bishop Libasci to let this charge languish.”

“We hope these officials will do the right thing and disclose more about both the theft and the abuse allegation and any other wrong doing,” Dorris said. “We also hope that anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered clergy crimes and cover ups in New Hampshire – whether financial or sexual - will report to secular officials, not church officials.”

(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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])

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