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MEDIA STATEMENT

NATIONAL SURVIVOR ADVOCATES COALITION (NSAC)

For Immediate Release

3/19/13

Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) KristineWard@hotmail.com 937-272-0308

Installation Mass Homily of Pope Francis

 The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) appreciates Pope Francis emphasis today on protection.

But the word must become kinetic to solve and eradicate the crisis of sexual abuse in the Church by priests and nuns.

It must have the energy of action behind it to truly protect children and give the survivors the protection of justice.

Given the gravity of this crisis to speak of protection and directly link the word to children in the inaugural homily holds out hope and not to act on these words would border on cruelty not on tenderness.

That means removals and resignations not only of predator priests and nuns but Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, Curia and Chancery personnel who aided and abetted criminals and obstructed justice favoring the predator over the child. Criminally convicted Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph must be replaced.

Cardinals spoke frequently publicly before the conclave about how the Church realized it and a new pope must act regarding sexual abuse.

Two popes before Francis offered words.

Words alone, pretty or plain, will be no substitute for action.

We wait now for action from this new pope.

But not with patience for the wait so far in this crisis for the Church to act decisively to cleanse itself and set up a new path has taken far too long.

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is an all volunteer organization of in the pew Catholics and men and women of goodwill supporting survivors of sexual abuse and working to educate society about sexual abuse and to bring about effective legislative reforms.
www.nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com 

MEDIA STATEMENT
NATIONAL SURVIVOR ADVOCATES COALITION (NSAC)

ELECTION of POPE FRANCIS

For Immediate Release

3/13/13

Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) KristineWard@hotmail.com

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) urgently calls on Pope Francis to act forcefully for justice for the survivors of sexual abuse by priests and nuns.

The Church walks in a moment of great hope.

The Church must walk through great pain to get to its fullness.

Words alone, whether they are pretty or plain, will not get the job done.

First, without hesitation, the new pope must remove criminally convicted Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

In the midst of celebration it must be remembered that to truly cleanse and heal the process will be painful and it needs to be extensive.

Removals and resignations of hierarchs complicit in covering up crimes must be done. That means Pope Francis must take action against Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops who have covered up crimes and aided criminal activity.

Clearing the backlog of hundreds upon hundreds of cases of priests credibly accused that are bottlenecked in the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith must be a priority. These men are on paid vacations and the vacations are paid for by the Catholic faithful.

The new pope is a Jesuit and the Jesuits order has been revealed to be one of the leading religious orders in terms of abuse cases. The new pope must see the damage to the Church and to the society at large from the crimes of the members of his order and those in his order who covered them up.

Words of judgment, condemnation and animosity toward victims and their families must end.

Nothing should be done to in any way that further harm the survivors.

A concentrated, real effort led by this new pope but done by the whole Church must be inaugurated to find and honor all the survivors of sexual abuse by priests and nuns.

— Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, NSAC KristineWard@hotmail.com

The  National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is an all volunteer organization of in the pew Catholics and men and women of goodwill supporting survivors of sexual abuse and working to educate society about sexual abuse and to bring about effective legislative reforms.
www.nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

Media Statement

Resignation Announcement of Pope Benefict XVI

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict made a sensible decision. It is evidence the papacy and the Church can change.

Let’s hope it is a signal of strength for the next pope to take the steps that the Church needs.

The Church is in bad shape and needs the tremendous power of the papacy to be used courageously and forcefully for good – starting with the sexual abuse crisis, the largest crisis the Church has faced in 500 years.

Pope Benedict, by being in the unique position of being alive, and with his considerable political skills that were in evidence before and during the last conclave will have influence over the coming conclave and, it can be reasonably expected, into the next papacy.

Pope Benedict should bar Cardinal Roger Mahony from entering the conclave. The Los Angeles documents are evidence enough that this high honor of voting for the next Pope should be withdrawn from him. There should be an empty chair to mark Mahony’s spot.

Pope Benedict took a few, tiny, window dressing steps toward resolving the crisis. With the exception of action against the Legionaire of Christ founder Pope Benedict’s provided words only and weak ones at that.

What’s needed now is true righteousness and courage to match the nobility of action that the survivors have brought forth from lives crucified by rape and sodomy by priests and nuns.

The next pope should end corruption in the Church starting with a papal balcony announcement of the removal of criminally convicted Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

— Kristine Ward, Chair,, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) KristineWard@hotmail.com

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is an all volunteer organziation of in the pew Catholics and men and women of goodwill working to support survivors of sexual abuse through the education of society about sexual abuse and legislative reforms. NSAC News is a daily free online news briefing on the scandal distributed online Monday through Friday. To susbscribe email Steve Sheehan: sheehan1777@aol.com.

MEDIA STATEMENT

11/1/12

Charges filed against former Penn State President Graham Spanier

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, NSAC, KristineWard@hotmail.com 937-272-0308

NSAC believes the charges filed against former Penn State President Graham Spanier today, and the additional charges filed against against former top administrators Tim Curley and Gary Shultz are significant in raising society’s awareness regarding the horror and the trauma of sexual abuse.

The consequences of ignoring the welfare of children is evident today no matter the results of the proceedings against the former PSU president and the other administrators. It is, however, our hope that justice will be served for the victims of Jerry Sandusky.

Pennsylvania lawmakers also need to take note of the need to protect children and pass the extension of statute of limitations regarding sexual abuse.

We do continue to wonder why charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children are not being brought against bishops of the Roman Catholic Church and members of their chancery staffs for the same reasons that they have been filed against Penn State’s former president.

National Survivor Advocates Coaltiion (NSAC) is an all volunteer organization of men and women of goodwil and in-the-pew Catholics working to raise awareness of sexual abuse, promote legislation to extend statutes of limitations, and educate society concerning the sexual abuse of children.

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MEDIA STATEMENT

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

Sandusky Sentencing

For Immediate Release

10/9/12

Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, NSAC

937-272-0308

KristineWard@hotmail.com

Nothing returns a sexual abuse victim’s normal childhood and for what was robbed from them, the survivors of Jerry Sandusky deserves everyone’s gratitude for their courage.

Today’s sentencing does bring into focus the criminality of sexual abuse and its consequences.

Justice has been served but no one should believe that this solves the problem of sexual abuse in sports.

Children are protected only when strong, clear messages are sent that powerful organizations buttressed with hero worship such as sports programs, the Boy Scouts and religion will face censure when children become their victims instead of their highest priority for protection.

This is a day for all of us to resolve once again to protect children and provide access to justice for all victims of child sexual abuse.

That means in Pennsylvania and throughout the country statutes of limitations must be extended and windows must be offered for access to justice for those for whom the current statutes have passed.

With this sentencing, the Roman Catholic Church should be ashamed that it has not removed Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn from office after his criminal conviction in September for failing in his civilly mandated duty to report suspicion of child pornography by one of his priests.

But instead the Church continues to duck, deflect and dodge in this scandal.

Had the Church acted more forcefully to shield the children and not the perpetrators in the Boston eruption of the scandal it is possible that some of the Sandusky victims could have been spared their lifelong horrors. To whom much is given, much is expected.

NSAC is an all volunteer organization of in the pew Catholics and men and women of goodwill, working to advocate for survivors, educate society regarding sexual abuse, and pursue legislative changes that extend statutes of limitations to protect children.

We note with ironic interest the current situation in Germany where the German Bishops with the approval of the Vatican have declared that anyone who informs the state he or she no longer wants to pay the church membership tax will be excommunicated.

We quote from the Catholic News Service story:

The German bishops’ conference defended a controversial decree that said Catholics who stop paying a church membership tax cannot receive sacraments.

“There must be consequences for people who distance themselves from the church by a public act,” said Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, conference president, in defending the Sept. 20 decree.

The article goes on to speak about the places in Germany where most of the leaving Catholics are from:

“German newspapers said the pope’s native Bavaria region had suffered the worst losses. The dioceses of Augsburg, Bamberg, Eichstatt, Passau and Wurzburg reported a 70 percent increase in departures in 2010, the height of the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

The document added that departing Catholics could no longer receive the sacraments of penance, Holy Communion, confirmation or anointing of the sick, other than when facing death, or exercise any church function, including belonging to parish councils or acting as godparents.

Marriages would granted only by a bishop’s consent and unrepentant Catholics would be denied church funerals, the decree said.”

The Church in Germany is one of the wealthiest in the world. The tax used to amount to about $6 billion annually.

So a decision’s been made for a crackdown, “consequences” as Archbishop Zollitsch calls it.

Instead of addressing what’s causing the rush to get out of the Church – 180,000 Germans took the official don’t tax me for that Church step in 2010, followed by 126, 488 persons in 2011 – the German bishops, with Vatican muscle back-up have decided on a school boy take-their-ball-and-go-home approach.

When it comes to the permanent removal of priests anywhere who rape and molest children and priests who use them as objects of pornography the Church does the slowest dance it can – a dance that actually makes statues look like Dancing with the Stars champions.

While the Vatican can find time to back up the German Bishops Conference, it can’t seem to find a minute on the Pope’s schedule for him to sign a farewell note to criminally convicted Bishop Robert Finn removing him from the highest post in the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph.

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.

The German Bishops, with Vatican approbation, have clearly announced what’s most important.

Think it’s the children?

Nope.

It’s the money.

—- Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC), KristineWard@hotmail.com

NSAC is an all volunteer organization of in the pew Catholics and men and women of goodwill advocating in support of survivors, raising awareness through education, public events, working for legislative change and providing a daily capsule news briefing distributed via Internet, called NSAC News. To subscribe, email Steve Sheehan at sheehan1777@aol.com

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National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Kansas City, Missouri

Contacts: Kristine Ward, NSAC Chair, 937-272-0308, KristineWard@hotmail.com
Steve Sheehan, Boston, MA 617-319-0477, sheehan1777@aol.com
Ginny Hoehne, Ft. Loramie, OH 937-726-9360, ginnyhoehne@yahoo.com
Kansas City: Annette Hodges, 660-281-8632, hodges1998@aol.com
Kay Goodnow, 913-645-1089, 913-851-1702
http://www.NationalSurvivorAdvocatesCoalition.wordpress.com
Annette

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition has come to Kansas City – to stand here in the public square where the dome of the cathedral rises — because:

• The criminal conviction of Bishop Robert Finn is a local issue – and a national and international issue in the Church
•A criminally convicted Bishop cannot lead – Bishop Finn must resign or be removed — every hour he remains bishop re-victimizes survivors and their families with
-The brutual re-opening of wounds
– Perpetrators being given a pass with a green light attached to it
– and children continue to be placed in danger by milk toast, arms length, vagur apologies

What’s needed here are backbones – strong, straight and determined.

To put it plainly – use the spine you have — if you can’t located yours, grow one
— Lay Catholics must act like their lives depend on it— because the lives of children do
— -Priests must stop saying they do not know what to do – and they are waiting for the dust to settle. This disgusting dust does not settle — it keeps endangering children – the children of Kansas City, the children of Missouri, the children of the United States and the children of the world
— To do otherwise for lay Catholics, priests – and bishops — is to be complicit in and with the evil of child pornography and child sexual abuse

Bishop Finn must resign — pure and simple, no ifs and buts, dangling participles, hanging chads or supporting duck, dodge and deflect clauses.

Pope Benedict must accept Bishop Finn’s resignation – or remove him without receipt of his resignation.

Catholics must stop blaming, avoiding and paying lip service to survivors.

Survivors and their families are not the problem.

They are the messengers.

Only through their courage is truth revealed.

Here in Kansas City the legal action has been taken. The courts have spoken.

But heavy hangs the moral issue here.

The good people of Kansas City did not ask for this spotlight to be shined here.

No one asked for this — least of all the victims.

But this watershed moment in an excruciatingly long crisis in the Church — has happened here – in this midwestern city — here in the middle of the country — the legal and moral issues of child pornography and child sexual abuse have intersected here — and the point of intersection is the bishop’s chair.

The courts have acted.

Now the church must.

The moral issue of a criminally convicted bishop who sits as chief teacher in the diocese must be confronted head on.

Teaching the lesson of cover-up is not a message of Christianity.

Teaching the protection of children is.

Teach what you mean — and mean what you teach. In both words and deeds.

So far in Kansas City what has been taught is protecting the church’s reputation, saving the bishop embarrassment and turning the page are the highest values — not the protection of children.

This is everybody’s business.

When moral and spiritual leaders fail to do their jobs — every part of society is affected – not just their loyal flocks.

With child pornography — suspected or known — teach what you mean — means: Stop Think Tell

With child sexual abuse — suspected or known — teach what you mean — means: Stop Think Tell

Shield the Child, Not the Perpetrator

NSAC is an all volunteer organization of in the pew Catholics and men and women of goodwill advoacting in support of survivors, raising awareness through education, public events, working for legislative change and providing a daily capsule news briefing distributed via Internet, called NSAC News. To subscribe, email Steve Sheehan at sheehan1777@aol.com
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National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

Sunday, September 16, 2012 Kansas City, Missouri

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition has come to Kansas City – to stand here in the public square where the dome of the cathedral rises — because:

• The criminal conviction of Bishop Robert Finn is a local issue – and a national and international issue in the Church

• A criminally convicted Bishop cannot lead – Bishop Finn must resign or be removed

— every hour he remains bishop re-victimizes survivors and their families with

— The brutal re-opening of wounds

— Perpetrators being given a pass with a green light attached to it

— and children continue to be placed in danger by milk toast, arms length, vagur apologies

What’s needed here are backbones – strong, straight and determined.

To put it plainly – use the spine you have

— if you can’t located yours, grow one

— Lay Catholics must act like their lives depend on it because the lives of children do

— Priests must stop saying they do not know what to do and they are waiting for the dust to settle. This

disgusting dust does not settle — it keeps endangering children – the children of Kansas City, the children

of Missouri, the children of the United States and the children of the world     — To do otherwise for lay Catholics, priests – and bishops — is to be complicit in and with the evil of child pornography and child sexual abuse

Bishop Finn must resign — pure and simple, no ifs and buts, dangling participles, hanging chads or supporting duck, dodge and deflect clauses.

Pope Benedict must accept Bishop Finn’s resignation – or remove him without receipt of his resignation.

Catholics must stop blaming, avoiding and paying lip service to survivors.

Survivors and their families are not the problem.

They are the messengers.

Only through their courage is truth revealed.

Here in Kansas City the legal action has been taken. The courts have spoken.

But heavy hangs the moral issue here.

The good people of Kansas City did not ask for this spotlight to be shined here.

No one asked for this — least of all the victims.

But this watershed moment in an excruciatingly long crisis in the Church — has happened here – in this Midwestern city — here in the middle of the country — the legal and moral issues of child pornography and child sexual abuse have intersected here — and the point of intersection is the bishop’s chair.

The courts have acted.

Now the church must.

The moral issue of a criminally convicted bishop who sits as chief teacher in the diocese must be confronted head on.

Teaching the lesson of cover-up is not a message of Christianity.

Teaching the protection of children is.

Teach what you mean — and mean what you teach. In both words and deeds.

So far in Kansas City what has been taught is protecting the church’s reputation, saving the bishop embarrassment and turning the page are the highest values — not the protection of children.

This is everybody’s business.

When moral and spiritual leaders fail to do their jobs — every part of society is affected – not just their loyal flocks.

With child pornography — suspected or known — teach what you mean — means: Stop Think Tell

With child sexual abuse— suspected or known — teach what you mean — means: Stop Think Tell

Shield the Child, Not the Perpetrator

Contacts:

Kristine Ward, NSAC Chair, 937-272-0308, kristineward@hotmail.com Steve Sheehan, Boston, MA 617-319-0477, sheehan1777@aol.com  Ginny Hoehne, Ft. Loramie, OH 937-726-9360, ginnyhoehne@yahoo.com  Annette Hodges, Kansas City, MO 660-281-8632, hodges1998@aol.com Kay Goodnow, Kansas City, KS 913-645-1089, kaygoodnow2011@gmail.com

NSAC, National Survivor Advocates Coalition is an all volunteer organization of men and women of goodwill advocating in support of survivors, raising awareness through education, public events, working for legislative change. 

NSAC provides, NSAC News, a daily capsule news briefing distributed via Internet, to subscribe, email Steve Sheehan at sheehan1777@aol.com

 

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National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

Media Statement

 Monsignor William Lynn Prison Sentence

7/25/2012

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) believes Monsignor William Lynn should have received the maximum seven year sentence given the parameters of the law but the three to six year sentence is significant for his conviction on the endangerment of children in this watershed case regarding the sexual abuse of children.

The sentence should send a clear and direct message to all of the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church: they have failed their people, and given Monsignor Lynn’s defense they created and sustain a culture that fails their people.

If the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Monsignor Lynn’s parish believe the sentence to be unfair, they should urge Cardinal Rigali to step forward and take Monsignor Lynn’s place in jail. For indeed, it becomes increasingly clear with each court case that the cover-up and direction came from the top.

We urge the Catholics of the Archdiocese and all men and women of goodwill to work diligently for the passage of statute of limitation legislation in Pennsylvania to protect children and provide access to justice for victims.

– Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) KristineWard@hotmail.com, 937-272-0308

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National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) Statement

Verdict in Philadelphia – Monsignor William Lynn Child Endangerment Charge

6/22/12

The jury in Philadelphia has heard the cry of unprotected children and we are grateful.

We believe the cause of innocent children has been advanced today and we are grateful.

We believe all bishops and all chanceries staffs have effectively been put on notice that is criminally wrong to put the protection of adults, priests or any other adult, before the protection of innocent children—particularly when the children made their plight known to those in positions of moral and spiritual leadership. For this, we are grateful.

We believe there should not be a delay in the sentencing of Monsignor William Lynn. The jury has spoken: children need protection.

We cannot understand why Catholic moral and spiritual leaders in Philadelphia needed two grand jury reports which required the spending of taxpayer money coupled with the spending of millions of dollars in Catholic money on attorneys’ fees to get this simple understanding of whom they should protect.

We urgently hope the legislators of the State of Pennsylvania hear the cry of children and judgment of citizens when children are endangered. We urgently hope they will respond by acting to protect children with extended statute of limitations to report abuse and give access to justice to the survivors of sexual abuse.

We hope the Catholics of Philadelphia begin to show where they stand with a re-direction of contributions to this weekend’s Peter Pence collection – pointedly shifting money from a fund for Vatican use to survivor organizations.

For the survivors who courageously came forward, we are grateful. Without the courage of the survivors Catholics and all of society do not have the knowledge of what has happened to children under the “protection” of the Catholic Church.

Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) 937-272-0308, KristineWard@hotmail.com

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is a volunteer organization working to support survivors of abuse to protect children and advance justice for survivors. sexual abuse while educating the public on the need for legislative changes and awareness.  

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Indiana Court Rules Sexual Abuse Case Can Go To Trial

June 15, 2012

by Patrick W. Noaker | Blog: Anderson Advocates

(Terre Haute, Indiana) In what is believed to be the first childhood sexual abuse case against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis ever argued in Terre Haute Indiana, Hon. Michael Lewis gave the green light to a Terre Haute man to present his case to a Vigo County jury. In the case John Doe CD v. Archdiocese of Indianapolis et al., the Archdiocese argued to have the case dismissed because too much time had passed since Fr. Harry Monroe had sexually abused a boy in 1981. The Court disagreed. According to the Court’s Order, there was evidence that the Archdiocese concealed that it was aware that Fr. Monroe was a child abuser and moved Fr. Monroe to St. Patrick’s parish in Terre Haute anyway. The Court noted that when Fr. Monroe was in seminary he was arrested for indecent exposure. The Court also cited to confidential internal Archdiocese documents that there were some aspects of Fr. Monroe’s conduct that the Archdiocese “didn’t care to put it in print.” Strikingly, the Order indicates that the Archdiocese even kept the Pastor of St. Patrick’s parish in the dark about Fr. Monroe’s abusive past placing Terre Haute children at risk.

While in Terre Haute, the Order reports that Fr. Monroe “began providing alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana to CD and then became sexually inappropriate with CD.” CD was thirteen years old at the time.

Under Indiana law, that type of concealment provides for an exception to legal time limits, keeping the time limit from expiring. According to the Judge, a Vigo County jury must decide this case. It is believed that this is the first case for childhood sexual abuse involving the Archdiocese and one of its priests to be presented to a jury.

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Media Statement

6/13/2012

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

National Review Board Report to the USCCB on the

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People 

We couldn’t be more disappointed in the National Review Board’s report and its accompanying huge loss of a special opportunity for genuine, effective protection of children at this 10 year anniversary point of the Charter.

The National Review Board chose to speak to and comfort its constituency which is, of course, the Bishops, instead of taking on the prophet role and speaking truth to power.

The job of Catholicism is to change the world, radically confront the culture, and afflict the comfortable. The National Review Board decided to take a pass.

We cite a few examples:

–     there is not even a slap on the wrist for Bishop Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for sitting on information for at least six (6) months regarding Father Shawn Ratigan and child pornography;

–     there is no mention that there are no teeth in the audit system, but somehow in the 2012 audit process diocesan officials are going to “robustly” provide documentation. How will anyone know if the information is complete or accurate? There is no subpoena power or anything close to it – auditors get the information bishops want to give them.

–     there is no mention, let alone an urgency to move on the issue of accused priests whose cases have been sent to the Vatican for laicization. These cases have languished at the Vatican while Catholics continue to pay salaries and benefits to these priests.

–     the board recommends annual “dialogue” between the bishops and religious superiors regarding sexual abuse in religious communities saying mildly that 10 years is too long for this huge loophole of non-reporting to remain open. The recommendation is to talk. There is no recommendation for consequences, no use of hierarchial authority, no teeth recommended, let alone urged.

–     the National Review Board touts numbers in training programs in parishes. We remind Catholics that it was not lay people who created this crisis and that fingerprinting only pulls up in law enforcement’s computers those who have records — priests and religious brothers and religious sisters who were never reported to police will never turn up in a fingerprint check.

–     the National Review Board warns against “Charter drift.” The document is no weak that a slight breeze could blow it over; drifting from it takes no thought at all.

The National Review Board has taken the bush league approach and repeated the canard that there has been a decline in the number of cases of sexual abuse.

The truth is the only way the Church and society can know how many victims and how many perpetrators there are is through the courage of the survivors who come forward to tell their stories or file lawsuits or file police reports.

Today’s report hardly creates a climate inviting to survivors to come forward. In fact, it does the opposite. The casualty here remains children.

Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) 937-272-0308, KristineWard@hotmail.com

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MEDIA STATEMENT

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

For Immediate Release – June 1, 2012 

Nothing less than a full, independent investigation should be demanded by the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee into golden parachute payments for perpetrator priests to voluntarily seek laicization.

For this outrageous raid on their given in good faith money, NSAC calls upon the Catholics of Milwaukee to take a stand, speak up and do what’s right. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.

Priest perpetrators in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee during Archbishop Dolan’s tenure were staked with a golden carrot of at least $10,000 and a possible $20,000 to get out and get lost.

All they had to do was start the paperwork to pick up $10,000, wait for the papers to come through and their bank balances climbed by another $10,000. All this for abusing children.

This was on top of whatever amount of money they collected while on paid vacation or receiving pension benefits as a coyly categorized “unassignable” priest.

This is a children protection policy?

The $20,000 per willing perpetrator that Dolan was so willing to dole out came from the collection baskets of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee through the diocesan assessment. There is no tooth fairy for diocesan coffers. This money came from the wallets, the purses, and the coin jars of in the pew Catholics.

If Vatican action on ridding the priesthood of rapists and sodomizers worked too slowly for Dolan, a call to the local police station wouldn’t have involved near the paperwork or process time that a laicization case would. A call to the police station would also have saved the good Catholics of Milwaukee from tossing $20,000 bouquets at “unassignable” priests to use the diocese’s clever language of deceit and deflection recorded in the official minutes of the Finance Council. And the gilded carrot approach held no promise that laicization would come faster because the perpetrator priest was $20,000 richer.

Minutes of the March 7, 2003 Archdiocese of Milwaukee Finance Council Meeting.   Here is the link: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/snapwisconsin/pages/231/attachments/original/1338317499/Archdiocese_of_Milwaukee_Finance_Council_Minutes.pdf?1338317499

The minutes include this paragraph:

“Currently unassignable priests are receiving full salaries and are budgeted under the Vicar for Clergy. There is a proposal to reduce their benefit to be the same as the current pension benefit, $1,250 per month and also offer $20,000 for laicization ($10,000 at the start and $10,000 at the completion of the process). Also, they remain on our health insurance until they find other employment. The final effect of all this is not known at this time and it may be a wash with the current budget.”

So far, no one on the diocesan Finance Council has provided evidence of objection to this scheme, including the Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba. This is the same auxiliary bishop who did not object to the previous Archbishop Rembert Weakland, lifting nearly a half million dollars from the good Catholics of Milwaukee to pay off a former lover.

Please note the date of this meeting: March 7, 2003.  The crisis in its Boston’s incarnation broke on January 6, 2002.

This is not long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Sadly, this is creativity with in the pew Catholics’ money that was rewarded with a red hat.

—- Contact: Kristine Ward, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) KristineWard@hotmail.com 937-272-0308.

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List of 130 accused Minnesota abusive clerics, church staff, nuns to be  provided

Rev. Rudolph Henrich publicly ‘outed’ as serial child molesting Minnesota priest

No more minimizing and hiding heinous child sex crimes !  No more secrets !

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at sidewalk multiple news conferences, clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will herald a hopeful end of the insidious secrecy, minimizing and hiding heinous child sex crimes and sexual exploitation.

They will hang symbolic May Baskets with an unprecedented list of known villainous Minnesota cleric’s names and assignments on the chancery doors. They will “ring the chancery door bell” but not run away. They will wait for church officials and demand them to add names and assignments of those missing from our list, and:

¨      Announce and discuss the list of 130 villains,

¨      Ask why Minn. church officials continue to keep clergy sex crimes secret and thus continue to keep children in harm’s way,

¨      Speak publicly for the first time about a priest known to have abused children, Rudolph Henrich,

¨      Urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes to call police not church officials.

WHO

Clergy sex abuse victims and child abuse prevention advocates and members of the support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org).

WHEN

Tuesday, May 1 at 1 p.m.

WHERE

Outside these Catholic headquarters:

    • Archdiocese St. Paul & Minneapolis, 226 Summit Ave., St. Paul
    • Diocese of Winona, 55 West Sanborn St., Winona
    • Diocese of New Ulm, 1400 6th St., New Ulm

DETAILS

Sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests, monks, brothers, nuns, deacons, and other religious, went unchecked because Minnesota church leaders ignored the problem or worked to keep it secret.

It seems the lessons of secrecy’s insidious nature have not dawned on diocesan leaders.  Open declarations about accusations and actions need to be made, bringing forth other victims and healings.  Sunshine is needed to cleanse the pulpit and light the paths for victim recovery. No more minimizing and hiding heinous child sex crimes, no more secrets.

Our Criminal and Civil law exists to punish wrongs, compensate victims for injury, and deter further wrongdoing. The best way to deter further wrongdoing is to expose the full scope and scale of sexual abuse and exploitation. If we don’t know what church officials knew and did, how can we be sure that they won’t turn around and do it again?

“This is a public safety crisis, a child safety crisis that needs to be investigated,” Bob Schwiderski, Minnesota SNAP Director says. “We need to know who they are, where they were and where they are now. How can there be thousands of crimes committed by over 130 clergy/religious offenders across the state of Minnesota and there be no accountability?” he said.  Schwiderski notes that some of the named villains are members of religious orders and that religious order officials do not typically make public the names of their accused members, and the archdiocese/dioceses claims it is not responsible for them though they have historically helped to staff its parishes and schools. 

What is not known is the magnitude of the abused children involved. This beginning report of 130 alleged offenders – who have not previously been named by the Minnesota dioceses – is a clear example church officials have not assisted in the legal punishment or public safety actions of protecting children by exposing clerics for their crimes and misdeeds committed while wearing a collar or other religious clothing.

Historically, the bishops of Minnesota have acted irresponsibly with their handling of religious based abusers and are acting negligently with regard to child safety now. It is alarming they seem to wash their hands of these villains knowing full well what they have done and will likely continue to do, and consider the matter resolved.

   Links to maps of known assignments of many of the accused villains: Minnesota cities –   – Minnesota state-wide.

   Link to information and assignment history of Rudolph Henrich

   List of – 130 accused villainous clerics, nuns, staffwill be available at this link at 3 p.m., May 1st

Contacts:
Bob Schwiderski [St. Paul event ] – home 952-471-3422,  skibrs@q.com,  Cy Denn [New Ulm event ]  – Cell 507-340-9000,  cydenn@hickorytech.net,  Megan Peterson [Winona event ] – cell 218-684-0799, survivor19@live.com,

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Media Release

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Roman Catholic Bishops of the United States have decided to take a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to the sexual abuse crisis as evidenced in the hard ball tactic of an dredging operation legal strategy against the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

We call the attention of Catholics and all men and women of  goodwill to the article in today’s New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/us/catholic-church-pressures-victims-network-with-subpoenas.html?ref=us

The indictment of Kansas City/St. Joseph’s Bishop Robert Finn has certainly stepped up the fear factor on the Church’s part.

With an architecture of subpoenas and depositions built with the tools of heavy handed intimidation this strategy makes a mockery of Pope Benedict’s call to “do everything possible” to aid survivors if one assumes he meant it in a good way.

The Church’s only out is that its left hand doesn’t know what its right hand is doing. For such an organization, constituted to do good, not to introduce the left hand’s strategy to the right hand’s is a shocking failure.

We extend our support to the survivors throughout the United States and the world who are scared, suffering and revictimized as a direct result of this strategy.

Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) 937-272-0308, KristineWard@hotmail.com

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Media Release

Wednesday, Dec.14, 2011

NSAC, SNAP Want Action from Pittsburgh Bishop

Two groups seek action from bishop

Seek out victims & witnesses,” they say

Priest admits viewing child porn in church rectory

Zubik should visit every parish where he worked, victims say

They urge prelate to “stop asking people to call church authorities”

Sex crimes must be reported to secular-not religious-officials, they say

Two national organizations want Pittsburgh’s Catholic official to stop promoting a diocesan abuse hotline and instead visit churches where a just-arrested priest worked, begging witnesses, whistleblowers and victims to contact police regarding his alleged child sex crimes,

The groups are urging Bishop David Zubik to “aggressively” help law enforcement prosecute Fr. Bart Sorenson who admits having and viewing child porn and against whom additional charges were filed yesterday. And they want an explanation about why Sorenson took a leave from his post in 2003.

The organizations are the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Dayton-based National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC).

They’re upset because Zubik keeps urging those with information about Sorenson to call church officials instead of secular officials.

“You keep saying that people should call a diocesan phone number. Bishop, you know that’s wrong. People should call the police,” the groups’ letter to Zubik says. “The independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased amateurs in church offices, must be contacted about possible child sex crimes.”

“It’s shameful that even now, in 2011, Zubik is saying ‘call us’ instead of ‘call the cops’” says Kris Ward of NSAC. “And because Sorenson could be locked up and kept away from kids, it’s crucial that Zubik go beyond the bare minimum and make real steps to bring forward others who could help prosecutors keep this dangerous man behind bars.”

“Bishops always claim to be ‘cooperating’ with law enforcement, but in reality, they passively sit back and wait for the phone to ring. That’s irresponsible,” said Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director. “Zubik has parish websites and bulletins and staff that he could use to really seek out anyone who’s hurting and offer them help, and find anyone with information and prod them to speak up.”

Both groups are skeptical of Fr. Sorenson’s “personal leave of absence” in 2003, and they want Zubik to disclose whether that was connected with knowledge or suspicions of sexual misdeeds by Fr. Sorensen.

Fr. Sorenson worked most recently at St. John Fisher Church in Churchill. But the groups want Zubik to visit every place he lived or spent time and personally beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police.

For the sake of public safety, SNAP wants Zubik to post on his diocesan website the names, photos and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. Roughly 30 US bishops have done this. It’s the least any bishop who wants to protect kids should do, SNAP feels.

The NSAC and SNAP letter to Zubik, sent this morning by fax and e mail, is below:

Contact
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
Kristine Ward, NSAC Chair,, 937-272-0308, kristineward@hotmail.com
David Clohessy, SNAP National Director, 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

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Dear Bishop Zubik,

As you know, Fr. Bart Sorenson was arrested on Saturday for possession of child porn. Victims, parents, parishioners and the public need and deserve answers and action from you.

Specifically, they need you to use your vast resources to

— help find others who can help law enforcement get the full truth, and

— clearly and strongly indicate that secular officials, not church officials, should investigate these alleged crimes.

It’s possible that Fr. Bart may have harmed other kids, along with those who are pictured in the child porn photos. We beg you to do real outreach not just one time, at one parish, in one announcement so that police and prosecutors can convict him and keep him away from kids.

And in that outreach, we beg you to emphasize again and again that suspected child sex crimes are, in fact crimes and should be dealt with by criminal authorities. (Old habits die hard. For decades, bishops have urged parishioners and the public to report suspicions internally. That’s obviously not worked. Changing this long-standing practice will take concerted effort.)

Since Fr. Sorenson has worked in several places, we urge you to personally visit each site where he spent time and strongly encourage anyone who may have knowledge, witnessed, or been harmed to contact police. (We understand you may be going to one parish this weekend. That’s a start. But you must go to every place where he was.)

Your message, in any outreach effort, however, must be clear the independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased amateurs in church offices must be contacted about possible child sex crimes.

We’re troubled by your comments in an interview with KDKA TV. You mentioned that people should call some diocesan phone number.
Bishop, you know that’s wrong. People should call the police. And you mentioned that computers in the places where he worked would be checked. It’s not clear, however, whether you plan to have your staff do this or let the police do it.

Sadly, because of Pennsylvania’s archaic, arbitrary, predator-friendly statute of limitations, very few victims ever have the chance to pursue justice in court against predators. But in this case, there’s an active police investigation and the liklihood that Fr. Sorenson will be criminally convicted.

So in most clergy child sex cases, your efforts aren’t likely to have an impact on keeping dangerous clerics away from kids.

This case, however, is somewhat different. If you act promptly and responsibly, you could be very helpful to police, prosecutor, and parents. You could make a difference here. But you must act differently. You can’t hide behind your desk, your defense lawyers, and your public relations staff. You must do everything in your power to bring forward those with information about Fr. Bart’s misdeeds and steer them toward law enforcement.

Also, for the sake of public safety, we urge you to post on the Pittsburgh diocesan website the names, photos and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. Roughly 30 US bishops have done this (even your widely discredited colleague in Philadelphia, Justin Rigali and your former Wisconsin colleague Timothy Dolan). It’s the least any bishop who wants to protect kids should do, None of them have been sued for doing this. None of them have expressed regrets about having done this. And there can be little doubt that such transparency has made kids safer.

Why won’t you take this simple, inexpensive uncontroversial, common sense safety step?

We are getting calls from concerned Pittsburgh Catholics and parents who are worried about the safety of their children. They want, need and deserve to have more information about the illegal activities of Fr Sorenson, and the whereabouts of all predator priests proven, admitted and credibly accused.

Finally, we urge you to explain why Fr Sorenson was absent on leave in 2003, the year following the widespread eruption of clergy sex crimes and cover ups on the national scene. Through experience, we have learned that often such vague phrases in a cleric’s work history are indications of other sexual misdeeds by him. You have promised your flock “openness and transparency” in child sex abuse cases. We call on you to be “open” about this alleged “leave.”

We anticipate your urgent response and taking action to help get child predators in jail so that no more kids are at risk of being sexually violated.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director,
17170 Deer Mountain Rd.
Marthasville, Mo. 63357
636-433-2511

Kristine Ward
Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)
438 Wonderly Drive
Dayton,OH 45419
937-272-0308

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November 27, 2011

Media Statement

Re: Pope Benedict’s address to US Bishops on Ad Limina Visit to Rome

It takes hubris for Pope Benedict to tell his bishops that the Catholic Church has led in the fight against sexual abuse of children.

Issuing self satisfied pats on the back while children remain in danger, only further diminishes the Church’s credibility and deepens the laryngitis in its moral voice.

For the Pope to insinuate the Church is a leader and reformer in the movement to protect children from sexual abuse is counterfeit. We hope Catholics out of a false sense of respect and loyalty don’t buy this.

We feel for the Catholics who must be embarrassed by this papal approach and ask them to speak with their wallets and redirect their contributions until the Pope’s words and Catholic Church’s actions match up for the protection of children.

The Church to this day, while waving a moral flag, hasn’t even come close to the Penn State Board of Trustees response: no bishop has been fired.

We would like to see an investigation of bishops by a former FBI director or some one of the same rank and caliber as the one initiated by Penn State. Then we might be getting somewhere with the Church.

It is possible that if Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict had been morally outraged and acted accordingly when the Boston incarnation of the scandal broke children who became post 2002 victims of Jerry Sandusky and other perpetrators might have been saved.

But when massive news coverage outed both perpetrators and cover-up bishops we got a whitewash from the Church of how moving priests from parish to parish, and getting and following bad advice from psychiatrists was a good formula that only needed the tweaked with the addition of a fingerprinting program.

Again, today, the Pope comes up short.

Kristine Ward: KristineWard@hotmail.com, 937-272-0308 www.nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is a volunteer organization of men and women of goodwill working to support survivors of sexual abuse, educate society and promote legislation reforms.

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For release – Tuesday, November 22

Two groups say “donate elsewhere

They’re upset over honor of bishop

“Give more generously than ever,” advocates urge

“But contribute to non-profits that help victims, not hurt victims,” organizations say

Clergy sex abuse victims and advocates are urging Arizona citizens and parishioners to boycott an event planned by a Catholic foundation and to “donate elsewhere” because the non-profit plans to honor Phoenix’s controversial retired bishop.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and NSAC, the National Survivors Advocate Coalition, are urging citizens and Catholics to “give more generously than ever in the months ahead, but donate to groups that help child sex abuse victims, not groups that hurt child sex abuse victims.”

They’re upset because the Catholic Community Foundation is planning a fundraising event in April to honor Bishop Thomas O’Brien who, they say, ignored and concealed clergy sex crimes – both known and suspected – for years.

O’Brien was also involved in a drunken driving accident in which a man was killed.

 http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2011/11/15/20111115montini1116-bishop-does-not-deserve-honor.html

 http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/07/us/bishop-is-requesting-leeway-in-sentence.html?ref=thomasjobrien 

 http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/19/us/unraveled-by-sex-abuse-crisis-in-diocese-phoenix-bishop-quits.html?ref=thomasjobrien 

“Catholics can speak loudly with their wallets. Let the world know that your faith means more to you than going along with glorifying a bishop who jeopardized kids and got away with a hit and run killing,” said Kristine Ward of NSAC. “Among the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, this foundation can surely find a much more worthy candidate for saying ‘well done good and faithful servant.’”

“It’s hard for people to change denominations, even over child sex abuse and cover up scandals. But it’s not hard to change charities,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. “So until the Catholic Community foundation rescinds this honor and apologizes for such callousness, we urge everyone who has donated or might donate to them to give elsewhere.

“We must refuse to support, honor or praise adults who conceal child sex crimes, both known and suspected,” said Ward. “The quickest and easiest way to do this is to contribute to non-profits that don’t praise proven wrongdoers who have protected predators over children.”

Both groups emphasized that, given the many who need financial help because of the troubled economy, people should not avoid making contributions to foundations or agencies.

“We hope this controversy won’t lead one person to stop one donation,” Clohessy said. “We just hope they will give more carefully and thoughtfully, and in a way that sends a strong pro-child message to other institutions and decision-makers.”

And both groups also urge Catholics and citizens to not attend the foundation’s gala.

Kristine Ward 937 -272-0308/ KristineWard@hotmail.com   www.nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com
David Clohessy 314 566 9790/ SNAPclohessy@aol.com

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Penn State alum & advocates to leaflet game

They say to Ohio State: “It COULD happen here”

Group urges school staff & students to “be vigilant”

As fans enter football stadium, they’ll hand out fliers

“University officials should reach out to those in pain,” they say

Group: “A one-time Nittany Lions gesture doesn’t heal the wounded” 

What:
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, advocates for child sex abuse victims will urge Ohio State students and staff to
— gently ask one another if they were molested as kids by anyone,
— urge those who were to get therapy and call police, and
— remember that a child sex abuse and cover up scandal –like the one at Penn State – could happen here, unless university employees and attendees are vigilant

Where:
Outside of Woody Hayes Stadium in downtown Columbus OH

When:
Saturday, November 19 from 1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (The game starts at 3:30 p.m.)

Who:
Two-three victims and advocates for sex abuse victims who are members of a group called NSAC, the National Survivors Advocate Coalition (https://nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com/), including a Dayton woman who is a Penn State alum

Why:
The group feels that the same culture and practices that enabled Penn State officials to conceal a coach’s child sex crimes exist at Ohio State. Those factors include an excessive deference to high profile athletic program officials, a university strongly devoted to protecting its image, young students anxious to please powerful coaches, and a largely male hierarchy.

NSAC is urging Ohio State students and staff to ask everyone they know if they were sexually violated as kids, and to prod those who were assaulted to contact police and other trusted sources of help. It’s never too late, the group says, for those who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes to speak up, protect others, expose wrongdoing and start healing.

The group also wants to remind citizens that child molesters are usually charming, charismatic adults, not “creepy” social misfits. And it urges parents to talk with children early and often about “safe touch” and what to do if any grown-up touches or tries to touch their “private parts.”

Finally, NSAC is publicly calling on Penn State officials to use “every possible resource and avenue” to reach out, find, and help others who may have been molested by Coach Jerry Sandusky.

Their signs will say “Kids are still hurting” and “Find and help the wounded.”

CONTACT: 
Penn State alum Kristine Ward of Dayton, NSAC (National Survivors Advocate Coalition) 937 272 0308/ KristineWard@hotmail.com, Child abuse survivor Terry Staub of Dayton 937 299 9431/, Child abuse survivor & NSAC Bob Schwiderski  952-471-3422/ skibrs@q.com,

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MEDIA STATEMENT

For Release: 11/17/11

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

Contact: Kristine Ward, 937-272-0308/, KristineWard@hotmail.com

It’s cronyism over psychiatric excellence for Bishop Robert Finn in the choice of a psychiatrist for the evaluation of Shawn Ratigan.

We learned today in the Kansas City Star that the psychiatrist Bishop Finn sent former priest Shawn Ratigan to a psychiatrist with ties to Opus Bono Sacredotti, a group that supports accused priests financially, legally and emotionally. The psychiatrist advised Finn that Ratigan’s pornography problem is because of loneliness and depression.

No Caesar’s wife approach here for Finn. He strides right into giving the Catholic Church another black eye in the sexual abuse scandal.

These are duck and dodge tactics on Finn’s part and his actions speak much, much louder than his words.

Finn, who yesterday got a sweetheart deal from Clay County prosecutor Dan White on non-reporting of Ratigan, has to resign in order for the problem of child pornography and a priest who is facing multiple indictments, local and federal, to be taken seriously.

Finn should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for his admitted failure to report Ratigan. Bishops are not above the law.

Children are at stake for heaven’s sake.

Children were harmed in the time Finn waited with his knowledge of Ratigan and child pornography.

How many more will be harmed as Finn and his brother bishops and now prosecutors take the soft ball approach to criminal activity? Is your child next?

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Road to Recovery, Inc.
                                                                               P.O. Box 279
                                                                         Livingston, NJ 07039
                                                                               862-368-2800/
                           (serving childhood victims of sexual abuse by religious and authority figures)
 

  MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

“Separation of Church and Penn State:  A Lesson for the Church”

The Board of Trustees of Penn State University has provided a lesson in courage and righteousness tonight that should restore Pennsylvanians’ (and others’) faith in higher educational leadership and administration.  The only just solution to the heinous crimes of sexual abuse against young boys that occurred on the Penn State campus over the course of nearly twenty years was the firing of President Spanier and Coach Joe Paterno.

What happened at Penn State tonight is a lesson to officials of the Catholic Church.  The only just solution to the clergy abuse scandal of the Catholic Church is the wholesale removal of bishops.  Cleansing the Church of leaders who covered up crimes against children by priests and other religious figures would accomplish what the Penn State Board of Trustees accomplished tonight; namely, a new beginning with fresh and, hopefully, morally-conscientious leadership.

President Spanier was fired tonight.  This week, several priests and bishops attended an 80th birthday party for Cardinal Bernard Law in a fancy restaurant in Rome.  This disgraced cleric, instead of being fired and relegated to a place of penance and prayer, was given a cushy job in Rome, where he enjoys diplomatic immunity.  Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City was indicted by a grand jury for not safeguarding the lives of children by keeping secret the existence of child porn on the computer of a priest.  He remains as Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph, Missouri.

Joe Paterno was fired tonight.  Not even a 61-year career at Penn State prevented the Board of Trustees from firing him for not doing the right thing when it came to protecting children.  Hundreds of Catholic bishops are still in their jobs despite their cover-up, obfuscation, and transferring of pedophile priests from parish to parish, school to school, and institution to institution.  It is time for Pope Benedict to fire the bishops and start all over. But wait, Benedict is one of the bishops.  He has not done the right thing either.  He must go too!

It is time for the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Church (lay Catholics) to fire the men who have ignored the cries of the injured and damaged, covered up charges of sexual abuse, and placed children at risk of harm.  Lay Catholics must fire their bishops.  How?  By withholding funds, not “feeding the hierarchical beast,” and not allowing “bully bishops” to continue their evil ways.

The beginning of the cleansing of Happy Valley began tonight with bold leadership and decisive action.  It is time for Catholics to do the same.

Rev. Robert M. Hoatson,

Ph.D.Co-founder and President

862-368-2800/

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Media Statement

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)

September 22, 2011

Early Retirement of Daniel Buechlein as  Archbishop of Indianapolis

       Statement by Mary Heins, NSAC Indianapolis 317-359-7128, MaryHeins2002@yahoo.com
 

The retirement of  Indianapolis’ archbishop is a stop, look and listen time for Catholics in Indianapolis.

We urge them to become educated with vigor and resilience on the great issue of the times: the sexual abuse of children and minors by priests and nuns.

This early retirement bears looking and watching on two fronts, first on the successor. We urge Indianapolis Catholics to be wary of a battlefield promotion of auxiliary bishop Christopher Coyne whose appointment as auxiliary bishop smacked of cronyism. Bishop Coyne was the auxiliary bishop and spokesperson for Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston. Cardinal Law who “resigned” as archbishop of Boston still sits on the powerful Vatican Congregation for Bishops whose recommendations for bishops are rarely rejected by the Pope.

We sincerely hope Archbishop Buechlein’s successor’s record will far outdo Buechlein’s on notifications to police regarding sexual abuse by clergy, put an end to moving abusers from one parish to another, include active and sincere involvement in seeking out survivors, and the posting of information regarding all accused abusers on the diocesan website, in parish bulletins and everywhere information can protect children.

Second, the Pope’s acceptance of Archbishop Buechlein’s petition for early retirement is clear linkage of bishop to pope. Without the pope’s action, Buechlein would still be the archbishop. When it suits, the Church has tight ties with its bishops, when it doesn’t –as it doesn’t with sexual abuse proceedings – the Church seeks to distance itself from its bishops leaving the impression they are independent and autonomous.

We urge Catholics to use this opportunity to engage or re-engage in the issue of sexual abuse in their parishes by inviting sexual abuse victims to speak and to actively listen to them, hold accountable their auxiliary bishop and new archbishop, and look beyond the press statement.

National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is a confederation of Catholics and men and women of goodwill formed to educate regarding sexual abuse, to seek legislative changes, and to promote justice for survivors of sexual abuse.

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Media Statement   

September 8, 2011

Contacts: Robert Hoatson, 862-368-2800, RobertHoatson@tgmail.com, Paul Kellen, 781- 526-5878 , PaulKellen@aol.com

WILL ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT PLACE CARE FOR VICTIMS AHEAD OF DEFENSE OF CLERGY?

 WILL TRUTH AND JUSTICE REPLACE SECRECY AND OBFUSCATION?

 

WILL CHAPUT GET RID OF HIS “DENVER” ARROGANCE?

 

 

What:              An “appropriate welcome” for Archbishop Charles Chaput featuring photos of clergy abuse survivors as children when they were being abused by their priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and placards urging Chaput to be honest, truthful, and just.

 

When:             Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM

 

Where:            In front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th and Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Who:               Advocates and supporters of two national advocacy and care

agencies along with area Catholics and interested parties who want Archbishop Chaput to make survivors and their healing his priority.

           

Road to Recovery, Inc. is a New Jersey-based non-profit charity that assists clergy abuse survivors with their recoveries.

 

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition is a Dayton, Ohio-based consortium of advocates from coast to coast who want the Church to place the needs of survivors front and center in every diocese in the nation.

 

Why:               While he was Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput did little to nothing to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  He opposed and worked vigorously to defeat legislation that would give survivors of clergy and all other sexual abuse their day in court.  He spun the truth about the legislation in Colorado and misled Catholics in that Archdiocese.  Chaput must reverse his arrogant “Denver ways” by supporting legislation in Pennsylvania that will give all childhood victims of sexual abuse access to full justice under the law.

 

Contacts:        Paul Kellen, Boston, Massachusetts area – National Survivor Advocates Coalition Founding Member – 781- 526-5878 – paulkellen@aol.com     

 

Rev. Robert M. Hoatson, Newark, New Jersey area – Road to Recovery Co-founder and President; National Survivor Advocates Coalition Founding Member – 862-368-2800 –roberthoatson@gmail.com

 www.nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com.

http://www.road-to-recovery.org.

      

WELCOME

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT

 

SUPPORT REMOVAL of the STATUTE of LIMITATIONS for VICTIMS of SEXUAL ABUSE

REVERSE the “CLERIC- over-CHILD” MENTALITY

CHANGE CORRUPTION to COMPASSION

We urge Catholics to get educated about what is happening in their Church and to speak up for the innocent and vulnerable

We urge anyone who knows about or suspects abuse of children and minors to contact the police.

NATIONAL SURVIVOR ADVOCATES COALITON

(NSAC)

http://www.nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com

Robert Hoatson at RobertHoatson@gmail.com

Paul Kellen at PaulKellen@aol.com, and

ROAD TO RECOVERY, INC.

http://www.road-to-recovery.org.

August 26, 2011

  Contact:Kristine Ward, 937-272-0308 

The Boston List and the Boston Non-List

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has released a list of 159 clerics, including 157 priests and two deacons, accused of sexual abuse on the website www.bostoncatholic.org

The names of these clerics have already been made known either by the archdiocese or other sources, including the list made public by Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

While due notice will be given to the release of the list in news coverage and of course, on the Archdiocese of Boston’s website, most likely on the Cardinal’s blog and his diocesan newspaper, the National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) calls your attention to the Non-Lists:

  • the 91 Boston clerics that were not included
  • the religious order clerics not included.

Cardinal O’Malley included the first “Non-list’” 91 in his statement along with the following breakdown:

  •  62 are dead, have never been publicly accused of abuse, and have never been investigated by Church officials.
  •  22 faced accusations that could not be substantiated
  •  4 are the subject of preliminary investigations and are no longer in active ministry
  •  3 are former priests who have not been publicly accused of abuse

Such a neat and innocent sounding phrase “never publicly accused.”

Wrapped up in this nomenclature is the giant shield of a policy that chooses cleric over child — a shield that protects Cardinal Bernard Law and other archbishops and cardinals of Boston.

A shield forged from expired statutes of limitations and imposed confidentiality agreements.

By Cardinal O’Malley’s admission 62 of the clerics “never publicly accused” are dead.

These dead men have been judged by Almighty God. There is nothing any person on earth can do to enhance, mitigate or change this judgment.

No one should live, preach and believe this more than a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.

The comfort, the grounding sense of being believed, the end to the mistaken belief that perpetrators have only one victim, the beginning of understanding of why lives have gone so terribly wrong, could be given to survivors by the naming of these dead men.

This has not been considered a valid enough argument for a Cardinal who says he has met with hundreds of victims.

The second Non-list, the religious order clerics’ list, may range anywhere from 40, (the number given by the Archdiocese of Boston) to a possible 350 clerics.

Cardinal O’Malley says the rightful dealing with the naming of these priests is with their religious orders.

These men could not have presented themselves as priests in the Archdiocese of Boston without faculties granted by the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston. No religious order superior grants faculties – bishops do.

A child knew what difference between a secular priest and a religious order priest when being raped and sodomized? What technicality of label spared them years of horrific suffering?

But for these religious order priests again the hedge, the dodge, the escape route is laid out.

Cardinal O’Malley has laid out a number of categories for his release of the names on the website.

Indeed in so doing, he has already created the tool that could have been used to release the names of the 91 “never publicly accused” and the religious order priests.

All that need be done is to simply put the headings above the lists – but release the names.

For the gathering of the 159 names on one website, we take note and have one hand clapping.

For the non-lists, not even that.

— Kristine Ward, Chair, NSAC

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Press Release

August 4, 2011

Three US-based groups blast powerful Ex-Boston Cardinal Bernard Law on display for tourists at prominent Mass in Rome while Vatican stalls on Ireland’s Cloyne Report 

Pope should bar Law, major figure in US scandal, from presiding at prominent Mass on Aug. 5

Theater and celebrity approach show lack of respect, understanding of deep issues in scandal 

A powerful and controversial Catholic official is set to lead a special, high-profile mass on Friday in Rome at a papal basilica and three US-based groups that focus on the church’s sex scandal are objecting.

Cardinal Bernard Law, who once headed the Boston Archdiocese, will preside over ceremonies at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on August 5. The event has been described in the Boston Globe as “rich in pomp,” marking “the hot August night in 358 when, according to tradition, snow fell on the site that became home to the church.”

The Dayton Ohio-based National Survivors Advocates Coalition, the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), and the Waltham MA-based BishopAccountability.org are urging Pope Benedict to prevent Law’s involvement in the mass or Law himself to step aside.

Statement by Kristine Ward of NSAC,

937-272-0308, www.nationalsurvivoradvocatescoalition.wordpress.com

We find Law’s leading role in the Feast of Our Lady of the Snows celebration at Mary Major Basilica, Rome, (August 5) at this critical time exemplary of heaping insult upon injury for survivors, their families and Catholics who are appalled as the largest crisis in the Church’s history in 500 years reaches new heights in Ireland.

This is not the time for business as usual and celebrity watching that sends a signal more akin to “bread and circuses” than action for justice and penance.

Tensions in the scandal are at a new high with the recall of the Vatican Ambassador to Ireland and the Taoiseach’s speech.

This Mass and its’ attendant “fake” snow smacks of feel good theater with none other than the heavy weight leader of the cover up of crimes in the United States in the lead role.

Law’s chair should be empty at this Mass.

If Pope Benedict’s supporters really believe that he’s taken tough stands on abuse they should encourage him to deliver a powerful sign and symbol and remove Cardinal Bernard Law  from this “theater” of the moment.

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP,

 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com

Normally, we push church officials to take practical steps to help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. We’re less concerned with symbolic action that makes adults feel better and more concerned with tangible action that makes children be safer.

However, because Law has ignored, concealed and enabled so many clergy sex crimes, and because Benedict keeps posturing as a ‘reformer’ while doing so little to actually help, we feel compelled to speak out about the prominent role Law is continually given in top church affairs.

Giving more prominence and power to such a corrupt church official rubs salt into the already-deep and still-fresh wounds of millions of Catholics and thousands of victims. It sends a strong signal that, despite promises to the contrary, little is changing when it comes to clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

Benedict can’t have his cake and eat it too. He can’t profess to care about victims while tolerating and promoting a cleric who ignored, concealed and enabled crimes against them.

Statement by Terence McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org,

508-479-9304, mckiernan1@comcast.net

We urge Pope Benedict XVI to remove Cardinal Bernard Law from his position as archpriest of Saint Mary Major Basilica and from his membership in seven Vatican congregations and the Pontifical Council for Culture.

In the Maciel case, Benedict showed himself to be aware of the stakes and willing to act.  He must do so now in the case of Cardinal Law.  It is especially urgent that Benedict remove Law from the Congregation for Bishops.

Law has long used his Vatican influence to reward with bishoprics the men who participated shamefully in the cover-up of sexual abuse crimes, including Bishop John McCormack of Manchester NH, Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre NY, Bishop now Emeritus Robert J. Banks of Green Bay WI, Bishop now Emeritus Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn NY, and Archbishop now Emeritus Alfred C. Hughes of New Orleans LA.

Law’s continued power in Rome and his ongoing involvement in the selection of new bishops are an insult to survivors and all Catholics.  Benedict must end the corruption and send Cardinal Law back to Boston, where his disgraceful performance as archbishop is well understood.

All three groups want the Pope to oust him from all church committees, especially the one which helps select new bishops across the world.

Controversy first erupted about Law’s role in the annual August ceremonies in 2004. According to the Boston Globe, that year was the first time Law “(stepped) into the public eye in the most significant capacity since he left Boston 19 months ago.”

Law resigned as Boston’s archbishop Dec. 13, 2002.

The sexual abuse scandal reached new heights in Ireland with the recent speech by Taioseach Edna Kenny and the  recall of the papal nuncio to Ireland.

Ireland is watiing for the Vatican’s response to the Cloyne Report.

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Press Release

June 16, 2011

                                                                                                         Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, NSAC, 937-272-0308/   
                                                                                                                                                      KristineWard@hotmail.com
 

Circling the Wagons with a New Obedience Required Wagon Master

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) believes Catholics should be alerted, aware and appalled at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ action to install a deacon in the top post of its child protection office.

Diocese of San Jose, California Deacon Bernard V. Nojadera has been named to the national post. He takes office August 15.

The Bishops of the United States are gathered in Bellevue,WA this week holding one of their twice yearly meetings.  Revisions to the Bishops’ Charter on the Protection of Children and Young People are on the agenda.

NSAC is not raising concerns about the deacon’s background. He has served in a number of positions that are related to the protection of children.

We are questioning his appointment to this post because of the promise of obedience deacons make at their ordination and the commitment it places upon them.

Encapsulated in this promise of obedience is allegiance and deference to the bishop. This chain of obedience heads up a high ladder going straight to Pope Benedict.

This appointment is a bad omen.

It is backsliding of the highest order.

That’s the last thing children need in the Bishops’ office of child protection now.

The two previous heads of the office were in law enforcement related posts before they accepted the position: Kathleen McChesney, the first director, was with the FBI and Theresa Kettlelkamp was a colonel in the Illinois State Police.

Appointing an obedience bound deacon to administer the Bishops’ response to the scandal is more than a roll back of even the weak Charter’s provisions, it’s a wild gallop away from Bishops being held accountable.

How far does anyone think a deacon tied by obedience will get with a challenge on any aspect of Charter implementation, change, or expansion with men who continue to excel in window dressing?

Catholics if they have any gumption, integrity or simple honesty should not stand for this.

And the last thing they should do in light of this bold attempt to bamboozle them is put money in collection envelopes.

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Media Statement

June 15, 2011

Revisions to USCCB Charter on the Protection of Children and Young People

Contact: Kristine Ward, NSAC, 937-272-0308/  KristineWard@hotmail.com

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) did not expect the United States Conference of Bishops to make the strong changes needed to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People to actually protect children, root out predators and bring to justice those who covered up the scandal but we are appalled at the fraud that the bishops are seeking to perpetrate by touting the inclusion of themselves within even the weak tenets of the Charter.

We urge Catholics not to be taken in by this deceptive gesture that the bishops are in any way holding themselves accountable in this continuing scandal.

The inclusion of language that says that if a bishop is accused of sexual abuse he should inform the Apostolic Nuncio or a fellow bishop who has knowledge of it should do so is nothing short of laughable as a real response to what the bishops have done and covered up in this scandal. We need only point to Philadelphia and Kansas City as the most recent examples.

These are powerful men with plenty of resources who have tip top educations from the best Catholic schools in the country – and outside the country – all paid for by Catholics money.

They know what they are doing. And once again they are slipping out of responsibility by intentionally creating and walking through a gigantic loophole – and doing it while calling upon the name of God – full well knowing that innocents continue to suffer.

It takes gall.

Media Release

                                              Contact:  Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800/
                                                               Kristine Ward, National Survivor Advocates Coalition – 937-272-0308/
 

The sexual revolution of the 60’s and 70’s made priests abuse children

The sexual revolution forced bishops to cover-up sexual abuse of children

What
A peaceful, cool “love-in” to ask John Jay College officials, “What were you cats thinking?”

Where
On the sidewalk outside John Jay College at 899 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City

When
Monday afternoon, June 6, 2011, from 4:45 PM to 6:15 PM

Who
Hippies and “square people,” many of whom lived during the 60’s and 70’s in America and are sponsored by two organizations, Road to Recovery and the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, including some who were “hit on” and abused by priests during those decades.

Why
The Catholic bishop “dudes” and other Catholic groups paid the research “cats” from John Jay College, which heretofore was a “hip” college of the City University of New York, $1.8 million to find out why priests and other religious persons sexually abused kids.  Dig this:  they concluded that children were sexually abused by priests because of the “free love” of the 60’s and 70’s.

But we’re not buying it.

We want to know how a report on a critical problem’s causes could totally erase any ounce of responsibility from the bosses who oversaw the institution in which crimes were committed.

We want to know how John Jay’s “experts” could overlook the conclusion of their own statement that “a substantial delay in the reporting of sexual abuse is common, and many incidents of sexual abuse by priests were reported decades after the abuse occurred” and gave the bishops what they paid for – a report that had a foregone conclusion:  its history.

We want to know how 1.8 million dollars of Catholic and taxpayer money gets spent and the end result is illogic, vagueness, and incredulity.

What was John Jay College “smoking” to agree to do this study and issue those “far out” conclusions?

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is an organization of Catholics formed to educate the public on sexual abuse and support survivors of sexual abuse and their families while advocating for changes in public policy and laws to protect children.

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Invitation

Please help us mark the

 YEAR OF THE SURVIVOR

Join us on SUNDAY — MAY 22, 2011

at Savin Hill Yacht Club

 400 Morrissey Boulevard,

Boston, MA  

 MAP

Between 1 PM AND 5 PM

FOR A PIZZA PARTY

RSVP IF YOU CAN – ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US

STTOP and FRIENDS

We are marking 2011 as the year of the survivor.

Recognize the significant contribution survivors have made to the safety of our children.

On Sunday we are gathering to thank survivors for their courage in coming forward with their stories.  You can witness the continuing struggle for justice and child protection by joining us on Sunday

for questions:

Paul Kellen, Founding Member

National Survivor Advocates Coalition

781 526 5878/

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MEDIA STATEMENT

    April, 20, 2011
    Contact: Kristine Ward, NSAC 937-272-0308/

NATIONAL SURVIVOR ADVOCATES COALITION (NSAC) STATEMENT

We deplore Pope Benedict’s naming of Cardinal Justin Rigali as his special envoy to a church celebration in the Czech Republic in June.

Is there no shame at the Vatican even in Holy Week?

We apologize to the survivors for the hurt this slap in the face inflicts on them today.

We call upon Catholics in Philadelphia to show their response to this new affront by closing their wallets to the Easter collection.

Honoring a Cardinal who left credibly accused priests in ministry and even when forced by major publicity to remove them withheld their names can’t be the message of Holy Week.

This is a week of sign and symbol in the Roman Catholic Church. How appalling that the sign today is one of reckless disregard to the vulnerable and innocent.

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS   VATICAN CITY, 18 APR 2011 (VIS) – Today, the Holy Father named Cardinal Justin Francis Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) as his special envoy to the bicentennial celebration of the birth of St. John Nepomuceno Neumann that will take place in Prachatitz, Czech Republic on 18 June 2011.

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is an organization of in the pew Catholics formed to educate the public on sexual abuse and support survivors of sexual abuse and their families while advocating for changes in public policy and laws to protect children.

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One thought on “Press Release Archives

  1. Tom Myles

    Many have urged Pope Francis to clean house and remove sexual abusers and their enablers from office. While I understand why people would like to see this happen, and I certainly believe in proper and effective punishment, I suggest that simply removing these criminals is not the ultimate recourse.

    Banishing these criminals would mean all their dirty secrets would be gone with them. While this may provide satisfaction to some, millions of victims, the vast majority of whom choose to remain anonymous, may be better comforted by the promulgation of the complete record of all that has been done to conceal sexual predators from the public.

    I also do not place this burden solely on the Pope. It is not just the hierarchy who has been complicit, it is the thousands of priests who have shamefully remained silent. While Francis can motivate, it is up to each priest to correct his past mistakes.

    In keeping with the Catholic faith, sinners must avail themselves of the Sacrament of Penance to restore their communion with God, their church, and their neighbor. With the grace of God, the penitent makes a sincere act of confession, works to sin no more, and does everything in his power to make restitution. Because most victims are unknown, it would be nearly impossible for an enabler to know who he has harmed. Thus the best thing he can do is to publicly reveal all that he has done and to ask for forgiveness.

    The following is an excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    1459 Many sins wrong our neighbor. One must do what is possible in order to repair the harm (e.g., return stolen goods, restore the reputation of someone slandered, pay compensation for injuries). Simple justice requires as much. But sin also injures and weakens the sinner himself, as well as his relationships with God and neighbor. Absolution takes away sin, but it does not remedy all the disorders sin has caused.62 Raised up from sin, the sinner must still recover his full spiritual health by doing something more to make amends for the sin: he must “make satisfaction for” or “expiate” his sins. This satisfaction is also called “penance.” (2412,2487, 1473)

    Rather than banish all who have been complicit in sexually abusing children, let’s work to restore them to full communion with their God and their neighbors. Is not that the essence of Catholicism?

    Reply

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