WA- Victims group discloses predator priests

For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected]) 

Today, we are disclosing – for the first time in the Seattle area, we believe - the names of three credibly accused predator priests who worked in this archdiocese. 

One was deemed “unsuitable for the priesthood” by a church abuse panel. A second admits fathering four kids, visiting prostitutes and exploiting 7 Alaskan village women. A third was “outed” by church officials and was transferred often throughout five states.

Two of them still live in Washington (Seattle & Spokane) and none have been defrocked.

We're most worried about Fr. Harold Francis Quigg. A decade ago, a church panel deemed him “unsuitable for the priesthood” because of credible allegations of his “egregious” sexual abuse of a then-17 year old in Washington. But for a decade, Seattle archdiocesan officials kept the accusations against Fr. Quigg hidden from the public and let him stay among unsuspecting parishioners. 

It's very possible that Fr. Quigg molested another child last night, last month, or last year, enabled by the callous secrecy of Archbishop Peter Sartain and his top aides. (We all know most victims speak up decades after they're assaulted.) How will the archbishop and his top aides explain their irresponsible actions to their flock if this has happened? 

A decade is a long time to give a predator to destroy evidence, intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, fabricate alibis and keep molesting. 

Seattle church officials rationalize this reckless and callous and deceitful behavior in a curiously legalistic, hair-splitting way. They claim that the time of Fr. Quigg's offenses, church rules said that 16 year olds were considered adults. (The 'age of consent' has since been raised to age 18.)

But the abuse panel also said it “would have found that there was sufficient evidence to support the allegation that this priest was involved in the sexual abuse of a minor if the current age of consent law (18 years old) was in place at that time of this event.”

We believe Archbishop Sartain and other Catholic officials are irresponsibly and selfishly staying secretive and splitting hairs so they can keep hiding a predator priest. 

The other two priests are Jesuits who worked in the Seattle archdiocese at Manresa Hall in Port Townsend in the 1960s. http://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Castle-for-sale-in-Port-Townsend-5194350.php 

With them, Seattle's archbishop will likely claim that "they've never been on the archdiocesan payroll, they were here a short time many years ago, and one of them is dead."

Here's the flaw in those claims. 

First, bishops have repeatedly pledged to be "open and transparent" about predator priests. They adopted a formal national church policy that allegedly mandates “openness and transparency." 

They did not pledge to be "open & transparent" only about predator priests:

–who are or were on their payroll

–who molested recently or

–who spent lots of time in their own individual dioceses. 

Church policy requires bishops to be “open & transparent” about all predator priests, living or dead, diocesan or religious order. Self-serving hair-splitting by Catholic officials is one key reason that tens of thousands of boys and girls in this country have been raped, sodomized and fondled by more than 6,200 Catholic priests.

So today, for the safety of kids, we urge Seattle's archbishop to:

–explain why he's kept silent about the three alleged predators, and

–permanently post on his church websites the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of ALL the child molesting clerics who have worked in the Seattle archdiocese. 

For the safety of kids, SNAP also wants Sartain to permanently post on his archdiocesan website the names, photos, whereabouts and work histories of all child molesting clerics

Washington Catholics and citizens (especially parents and victims) need and deserve to know every proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priest, nun, bishop, brother and seminarian who live/lived or work/worked in the Seattle area. Roughly 30 US bishops have taken this step over the past decade. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm

According to a Boston-based independent research group called BishopAccountabilty.org, there are 33 publicly accused Seattle archdiocesan child molesting clerics. The actual number of Seattle area pedophile priests is likely much higher because BishopAccountability.org lists only those clerics against whom allegations have been lodged in the public domain in civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution or news accounts.

Finally, we urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups – involving these three clerics or others – to call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.

(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 15,000 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 Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

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  • Mark Sanchez
    commented 2016-01-19 16:09:57 -0600
    My name is Mark; I am, a former student of a small south Texas catholic parochial school, located in Floresville Texas; Sacred Heart Catholic School and Church. My mind, repressed the memories of Father Louis P. White; And of the many sexual assaults committed upon me by Louis P. White.
    In 1976, and in 1977, the archdiocese of San Antonio Texas, and its Sacred Heart parish elder’s, hid, 60, sexual assaults committed by the Catholic Priest named Father Louis P. White…Crimes committed; while “Father Lou” was a priest “temporarily assigned” to Sacred Heart Catholic School, (http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/S-A-archdiocese-settles-priest-molestation-4177436.php).
    Prior to Louis P. White, becoming a Catholic priest. Louis, was known to have sexually assaulted his own brother. A possible reason for Louis P. White joining the catholic priesthood in 1975. Where upon ; he allegedly raped a fellow seminarian…Louis P. White was defrocked in 2008.
    The San Antonio Texas, Catholic Archdiocese, and the Vatican in Rome, along with their brethren, and lay-people throughout the world; And, a vast, and well compensated team of attorney’s…set Louis P. White free. And, together, they conspired and launched Louis P. White into society, like a rabid dog released onto a schoolyard full of children…
    In 2009, and in a Bexar County Court of law, District Attorney, Susan Reeds office, refused to file charges against Louis P. White —For allegedly, molesting a 9 year old boy; Father Louis P. White stated for the record…The 9 year old boy; “Came onto him.”
    Bexar County Texas, District Attorney, Susan Reeds Office, allowed this Super Predator to go free. And, allow him the opportunity, to rape more children.
    We do not know at this point, as Father Louis P. Whites whereabouts are unknown to the general public. “Louis P. White, is possibly in a neighborhood near your children.”
    Louis P. White’s victim’s, known and unknown…Were all made possible by the San Antonio Texas Catholic Archdiocese and the Vatican in Rome…

    The following news piece is a report, by Mr. Abe Levy of the San Antonio, Express News. This, is when my Memories revealed themselves to me…Like a Vortex. I suffer from Severe Depression and PTSD, my personal life is far from normal…I do not sleep, because I fear the dreams that haunt me —every single night:
    “When the archdiocese first publicly named Louis P. White in March 2009 as the target of;“believable” accusations of sexual assault against a male teen, it did not refer to the Floresville man. It included him in notices along with two other priests accused of sexual assault, Father Larry Hernandez and Father David Zumaya. The notices, published in the bulletins of 15 parishes where the three had served, urged anyone with concerns to contact the archdiocese.White’s Floresville parish was not included in the initial posting but was later added with an explanation that it had been “inadvertently omitted,” (Abe Levy, Express News San Antonio Texas, [email protected]).
    Fast Forward to January 2 0 1 6,
    and witness, the many, pedophile priest, who were
    “inadvertently omitted”
    And, they are somewhere near your children.

    — According to BishopAccountability.org (an independent on-line archive of the church abuse and cover up crisis), the publicly accused child molesting clerics in the Seattle archdiocese are: Gary C. Ashwell, Englebert M. Axer, Edmund j. Boyle, Brother Casale, Dennis Champagne, Michael J. Cody, Paul Joseph Conn, Patrick J. Conway, John Cornelius, Edward C. (Chris) Courtney, Brother Croke, Duffy (First name unknown), George Dwyer, Leonard Feeney, James h. Gandrau, David Jaeger, G.A. Kealy, Dennis W. Kemp, James Knelleken, J.B. Lackie, David Anthony Linehan, John (Jack) Marsh, James McGreal, Patrick Desmond McMahon, James Mitchell, Gerald Moffat, Dennis F. Muehe, O’ Donahue (first name unknown), Patrick G. O’Neill, Brother O’Sullivan, Michael C. OBrien, Harold(Harry)F. Quigg, Edward Receconi, Robert Renggli, Brother (C.P.?) Ryan, James(?) Toner, (First name unknown), Warren.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2014-03-24 13:08:22 -0500
    WE DEMAND THAT YOU, pope francis, STOP THIS SCOURGE IN THE Catholic church, NOW!!!
    Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2, FULL STOP!!!
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