OR--Victims blasts Catholic officials on hidden camera

For immediate release: Monday, June 29

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

A priest kept quiet for a month and his archbishop kept quiet for another month about a hidden camera in a church restroom. Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample and Fr. Ysrael Bien both owe parents, parishioners and the public apologies and explanations. We hope that anyone who has information or suspicions about this crime will summon the strength to call law enforcement immediately.


Fr. Bien should be harshly and publicly disciplined, not just suspended. Catholic officials routinely turn a blind eye to evidence of sexual misdeeds. When wrongdoers are caught, Catholic officials rarely punish them severely. And that’s why clergy sex crimes and misconduct continues – because those who ignore, hid or enable it are usually promoted, not punished.

Current or former church staff or members at St. Francis Church should do what’s right – call police or prosecutors immediately with any knowledge or suspicions they may have about sexual wrongdoing, no matter how old, small or insignificant it may seem.

(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, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected])


Sherwood priest on leave as police investigate hidden camera

By Brad Schmidt | The Oregonian/OregonLive on June 28, 2015

A Sherwood priest is on administrative leave as police investigate who is responsible for hiding a camera in a church bathroom.

The St. Francis Church priest, Ysrael Bien, has not been accused of wrongdoing nor has he been named a suspect by police.

The Archdiocese of Portland notified parishioners this weekend that Bien was placed on leave Wednesday, more than a month after church leaders became aware of the incident. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the investigation on Friday.

The Archdiocese said in a statement that  . . .

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  • Gloria Sullivan
    commented 2015-07-01 22:41:10 -0500
    The reason they dont call the police is because they are “all complicit”. We , in Phoenix, had so many pedophiles, several Bishops and at least 5 priests from . our parish of st Maria Goretti., that it was hard to believe.One priest we would never believe, who was the Secretary of Bishop Rauch and he turned out to be paedophile. I guess he taught all his young male priesthood pals to do the sexual stuff they wanted. They then teach others its an ok thing if the Bishop does it.Fr Spaulding flew the Koop and no one knows where he is..but probably out of the country with a Mexican priest , Lauren. RIEBE who was kicked out of Mexico for sexually abusing the children in his orphanage, ALL PRIESTS, BROTHERS, & Sisters know about this. They are too embarrassed to tell anyone they had wasted their life on this evil, thinking it to be a loving , caring church. What’s a waste of . precious God fearing, dedicated people. No-one will " rat" on their brother or sister, believe me. They stay cause their in too deep & too long, to leave and what would they do ? & why did they leave? It’s a vicious circle…this" tell you what to do church"? They sure know how to perpetuate their" evil ways" Dumb sheep, I think they call the parishioners..so true!
    I was dumb for 60 years!Smart now..GOD FINDS YOU WHEN YOU GET A GRIP ON YOUR MIND & LEAVE!
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