Rector of the landmark Cathedral in New York named in a new civil lawsuit alleging the abuse of a minor; SNAP responds.
Msgr. Robert T. Richie, who heads the New York archdiocese's iconic St. Patrick's Cathedral is being sued for alleged child sexual abuse. Richie informed the parishioners of St. Patrick’s in a letter on August 3rd and denies these allegations.
We are not surprised that more and more accusations against priests in New York are coming to light. More than 7,000 civil suits are now pending in New York under the Child Victims Act that is set to expire on August 14, 2021. Victims of child sex abuse have long held the liability and suffered years of pain-filled trauma, this window legislation has allowed their stories to be told and we commend the courageous individuals who are taking the steps towards justice.
We urge anyone who may have information regarding Msgr. Richie allegations to report this information to law enforcement at once. We especially hope that Cardinal Timothy Dolan will take the appropriate measures to ensure that Msgr. Richie has fully stepped away from ministry amid these allegations. It is long past time that Catholic officials take the outcry of victims seriously and do immediate outreach to the communities where the accused lived or worked. We demand that the Archdiocese stop playing judge and jury in these cases while keeping the accusations under wraps from the faithful and the public.
We hope that the survivor who came forward with these allegations is getting the help and support that they need, and we encourage any still silent and suffering victims who have yet to speak out to call and make a report and seek counsel.
CONTACT: Michael McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected], 267-261-0578), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009), Brian Toale, SNAP New York ([email protected], 646-549-0372)