NV- Abuse case against priest settles

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

At least one of 30 clergy sex abuse and cover up cases that just settled in Missouri is against a Catholic priest who lives in the Reno area and was working in a parish as recently as four years ago.

Even after he was sued, Reno Bishop Randolph Calvo kept him on the job until our group exposed this recklessness and secrecy.

He's Fr. Thomas Cronin who was sued in October 2010 for allegedly molesting a teenage girl in the Kansas City area.

Fr. Cronin is a Kansas City native who was sent to Nevada more than 15 years ago. He heads a non-profit in Nevada that is reportedly trying to open a shelter for abused women.

We urge Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn and Reno Bishop Randolph Calvo to warn the public about this potentially dangerous man and alert police, prosecutors, parishioners and parents about this settlement.

It's worth noting that KC Catholic officials insisted on settling all 30 of these cases at once. Had they believed Fr. Cronin might have been innocent, they could have - and likely should have - refused to settle his case. But it seems clear that KC's bishop knows that the allegations against Fr. Cronin are credible. We strongly suspect that KC Catholic officials knew years ago that these accusations were credible and that's why they moved Fr. Cronin to Nevada.

(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 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, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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