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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, June 4, 2010

Notorious predator priest starts getting church $$ - SNAP responds

Statement by David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home)

Stockton’s bishop should have focused on getting O’Grady jailed, not defrocked. Defrocking predators only protects the church’s assets. Jailing predators, however, protects our children.

The bishop could and should do that now by aggressively reaching out to current and former church members and staff and urging them to call law enforcement with any information regarding O’Grady. Regardless of what he calls himself or what outfit he wears, kids are safest when O’Grady is imprisoned.

For all we know, O’Grady could have visited old California parishioners on vacation in Ireland, Canada, or another place and molested their kids last week. If bishops in California, Ireland and the Netherlands (where he was living recently) would aggressively seek out victims, witnesses and whistleblowers, O’Grady might be charged, convicted and jailed again.

But instead of taking pro-active steps to protect kids, many bishops would rather dodge responsibility, shift blame, and make excuses.

(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 22 years and have more than 9,000 members across the globe. 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

Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003)

Jun 4, 2010 11:15 am US/Pacific

Stockton Diocese Paying Pedophile Ex-Priest


One of California's most notorious priests is about to get a lot of money from the Stockton Diocese.

Oliver O'Grady admitted to abusing numerous children during his years as a priest in the Stockton area.

He spent seven years in prison and is now living in his native Ireland.

According to the Modesto Bee, starting tomorrow, O'Grady's 65th birthday, the diocese will begin paying him about $788 a month for 10 years.

The diocese says the payments are part of an annuity the church bought seven years ago in return for O'Grady voluntarily asking to be defrocked by the Catholic church.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests