Rome- Vatican confirms predator priest is ousted

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

The Vatican confirmed today that Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, a credibly accused serial predator, has been suspended from his post as deputy bishop of a diocese in Paraguay.,_paraguay/1103701 

The Pope should fire Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano. Livieres deliberately promoted a credibly accused abuser who admitted sleeping with teens and allegedly molested several of them.

Livieres ignored a fellow bishop who explicitly warned that Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity is “a serious threat to young people.” How much more reckless can a church official be?

And Pope Francis should harshly and publicly explain and denounce Livieres' irresponsible actions, instead of letting him “save face” by yet-another vague and minimizing statement from a lower-level Vatican staffer.

This piecemeal, reactive approach – gently disciplining egregious wrongdoers only when they're publicly exposed – won't cut it. For years Vatican officials have taken belated, grudging and lenient action against church officials when their wrongdoing has been so bad that it prompted international criticism. So this hand-slapping of one Paraguay bishop is inadequate. It is far from ground-breaking.

Covering up abuse and endangering kids is a cancer on the church. It requires severe surgery, not an occasional band-aid only applied under duress. Francis must publicly oust a number of complicit bishops and say why in no uncertain terms if he really wants to get other bishops to stop putting innocent children in harm's way.

Fr. Urrutigoity spent time in Canada, Switzerland, Minnesota (Winona), and Pennsylvania (Scranton). He's accused of abuse in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. 

Finally, we are grateful for the hard, thorough and accurate research by that continues to help many concerned individuals track the whereabouts of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics and document the reckless, callous and deceitful moves of complicit bishops.  

(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

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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  • Patricia Sulecki
    commented 2014-08-01 10:30:11 -0500
    Lani Halter: Do you think by having the Priest & Nun’s as registered sex offenders It would help victims to be able to get justice ?
    Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name: > White House site :
    Victims" We have to get our government to open their eyes & to keep them opened,for the sake of victims ( Children ) due to all Priest and Nuns; who have & still are raping,abusing Children" ( pass the petition on ) maybe victims someday will get justice……………………………?
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-07-31 19:28:40 -0500
    It’s hard for me to admit to myself, that it’s time for me to stop having any more “hope” that this pope would or will be the pope who literally put an end to this scourge in the catholic church. I was really thinking that with SNAP, Bishop Accountability, the other American survivor’s groups, and the CCR— our country leading the fight, and with the UN and international notice and interest in putting a permanent END to these heinous crimes against humanity occurring globally and daily in the catholic church; that his papacy would be the one. But as you have so clearly stated, Mr. Clohessy, this pope francis, is not doing anything that actually REMOVES AND PUNISHES the catholic pedophiles and catholic enablers whose victimns are innocent children and vulnerable adults. He is not really doing anything to permanently remove these criminals from the catholic church and society, at large; and thus, sadly leaves these innocents as easy prey for these catholic church criminals.
    When you said “…if he really wants to get other bishops to stop putting innocent children in harm’s way.” I sadly realized that the pope doesn’t really want to get other bishops to stop this plague in their parishes and dioceses, because if he did, he would. I believe he already has all the power and resources needed and, and what’s more, he already has the instructions from Christ himself, on this very matter in the new testament books, chapters and verses: Matthew 18.6, Mark 9:42 and Luke 17.2.
    Shame on this pope and all the popes before him, for not stopping this scourge and plague in the catholic church.
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