The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims want grand jury probe into clergy sex crimes & cover ups
New report show that ex-St. Louis archbishop acts recklessly in PA
Rigali is keeping 37 credibly accused molesters in parishes, grand jury finds
“Prosecutors in here, Brooklyn & Pittsburgh should investigate,” SNAP says
Group also releases ten pages of long-secret church records about pedophile priest
They prove that top Catholic officials knew he assaulted kids before sending him here
And other newly-disclosed secret church records show that now-retired Pennsylvania church official kept quiet about a known predator priest and helped him move to St. Louis where he molested at least three boys (one of whom later committed suicide).
Fr. Romano J. Ferraro shouldn’t be given “any assignment that would engage (him) intimately with the people and especially with boys or teenagers.” That’s what a therapist wrote in 1973. In 1977, a memo reporting that Ferraro abused two New York boys was sent to Msgr. Anthony Bevilacqua, a Brooklyn church official. Yet in 1981, Bevilacqua helped Ferraro move to St. Joan of Arc parish in south St. Louis, where Ferraro lived while being treated at a church center for pedophiles. That same year, Ferraro began repeatedly molesting an 11 year old St. Louis boy. Years later, as an adult, that victim ended up taking his own life. (In recent years, two other Missouri men settled civil suits stemming from their abuse by Ferraro.)
In 1983, records show that Bevilacqua felt putting Ferraro in any Brooklyn parish “presents too much of a risk,” but would let Ferraro “take an assignment in the New York Archdiocese.” Ferraro was then sent to New Jersey, where he molested two more boys. (Bevilacqua was promoted to head dioceses in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.)
Two Philadelphia grand juries have shown that 1) Bevilacqua acted irresponsibly and 2) his successor Rigali is doing so too. Given these facts, SNAP is calling on prosecutors in St. Louis, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh to open grand jury investigations into the clergy abuse and cover up scandals. Even though most crimes by Bevilacqua and Rigali would likely fall outside the statute of limitations, SNAP believes such probes might turn up some crimes that could be prosecuted and/or produce helpful reports like the two that Philadelphia grand juries have generated.
The new records were obtained by a victim in a civil clergy sex abuse and cover up case involving Ferraro and Bevilacqua. The victim was represented by Miami attorneys Adam Horowitz and Jessica Arbour (305 931 2200, [email protected], [email protected]) Ferraro’s St. Louis victims were represented by attorneys Ken Chackes (314 872 8420, 314 369 3902 cell) and Patrick Noaker (651 227 9990, 612 961 1307 cell).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests