PA - Scranton priest arrested; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

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

After arranging the meeting on Craig’s List, a Scranton priest was arrested last night with a teenager in his car.

Starting this Sunday, Scranton’s bishop should go to each parish where Fr. Reverend William Jeffery Paulish worked, begging anyone who may have any information on suspicions about this situation to call police or prosecutors.

That’s what a truly caring shepherd would do.

We predict, however, that every single Scranton Catholic employee will stay silent and do nothing. The bishop’s public relations team will

So we urge every current or former Scranton area Catholic church employee or member to search his or her conscience, find some courage, and spread the word about these allegations against Fr. Paulish. We urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Paulish or cover ups by Scranton church officials to call law enforcement immediately. That kind of prompt, compassionate action is what protects kids.

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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