The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Suspended Philly predator priest is now in NJ; SNAP responds
Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, [email protected])
A just-suspended, credibly accused Philly predator priest now reportedly lives in the Camden Catholic diocese in Somers Point NJ.
We hope that Camden’s bishop will act responsibly and warn his flock about this potentially dangerous cleric. And we hope that anyone – in Philly or in Jersey – who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.
(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 23 years and have more than 10,000 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])
Posted on Wed, Mar. 30, 2011
Two more priests placed on leave
By David O’Reilly - Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that two retired priests have been placed on administrative leave while it reviews allegations that they have engaged in inappropriate behavior with minors.
Donna Farrell, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, declined to name the two.
The Inquirer has identified one as the Rev. David Givey, 67. Givey was editor of the Catholic Standard & Times from 1985 to 1992 and served in numerous parishes and chaplaincies since his ordination in 1971.
The two men join 24 other priests suspended by Cardinal Justin Rigali since the February 10 release of a grand jury report on predatory priests in the archdiocese.
That panel asserted that several dozen priests accused of abuse or other aberrant behaviors remained in active ministry despite the archdiocese's "zero tolerance" policy.
Farrell said both priests live in private residences. The archdiocesan directory lists Givey as residing in Somers Point, N.J.
Contact staff writer David O'Reilly at 215-854-5723 or [email protected].
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests