SNAP responds to extradition of former Fargo priest

We are glad that that Fr. Fernando Sayasaya - a former Fargo priest - will be returned to the United States to face a trial for his crimes. It is rare that victims of a predator priest have the chance to see the justice system work in their favor. We are hopeful that this trial will give them some peace and will protect children from this child molesting cleric.

This case is another example in a string of incidents in which church officials have let a foreign priest return to his country after finding out about abuse allegations against him (the other most recent case is of Fr. Jeyapaul, in Minnesota). This is a disturbing practice and needs to end. As with all priests, whether they are US citizens or otherwise, church officials should immediately turn over all evidence of abuse to the police and let them investigate. The situation with Fr. Sayasaya is a somber reminder of how much further the church hierarchy needs to go to live up to their promise of being open and honest about child sex crimes.


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  • John C
    commented 2012-04-03 13:47:41 -0500
    Did the Los Gatos Jesuit hierarchy take steps to defrock a Jesuit from the Philippines, Fr. Angel Crisostomo Mariano?

    Fr. Mariano was convicted after a report of oral sex with a 17-year-old boy he met in an Internet chat room where Fr. Mariano posed as a woman. Mariano spent five months in jail.

    Fr. Angel Crisostomo Mariano may have returned to the Philippines. The California Jesuit Order with headquarters at Los Gatos needs to disclose where Fr. Mariano is now and whether Fr. Mariano is still a priest.
  • Jeannie Guzman
    commented 2012-04-03 11:59:20 -0500
    I believe there is a group of priests that are “Pedophile Priests Without Borders!” The Vatican knows who they are! They are assigned from one country to another, until their crimes of present or past Peodphilia catch up with them. Thank God this is starting to happen more and more! Crimes such as these only point an international Vatican Strategy to protect Pedophile Priests. It’s orchestrated from the top on down! It has to be stopped and it has to go as far as World Court if necessary!
  • David Clohessy
    published this page in Media Statements 2012-04-03 08:55:31 -0500

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