Silentlambs will be leafleting along with SNAP (Survivors Network for Those Abused By Priests) in Evansville, IN on Sunday September 2, 2007 at the Catholic Church. The program will start at 11:15am on the steps of the Church. If you would like to attend please contact silentlambs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-527-5350 for more information. We hope to see you there!
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The reason is due to the recent release of information regarding a priest that molested ten kids in this news story,
Updated 12:04 a.m., August 31, 2007
“Othmar Schroeder The founding pastor of Holy Family Parish in Jasper, Ind., Schroeder is accused of abusing several people. More than 10 victims have alleged sexual abuse by the late Monsignor Othmar Schroeder and reports are continuing to come in, the Catholic Diocese of Evansville's bishop said Thursday.”
Sex Abuse Victim To Leaflet Sunday At Evansville Cathedral
He Criticizes Catholic Bishop For “Vagueness, Delays & No Outreach”
Self Help Group Leader Also Urges Parishiones to Help Find “Lost Sheep”
Those Who've Been Abused Should Come Forward, Get Help & Report Crimes, SNAP Says
As Catholics leave mass, a nationally-known clergy sex abuse victim and spokesman will hand out fliers urging them to prod Evansville church officials to
-- disclose more about a pedophile priest’s sex crimes,
-- apologize for keeping secret for years about the child molestation, and
-- work harder to find others who were abused by clergy, and urge them to come forward.
Sunday, Sept. 2, 11:15 a.m.
Outside St. Benedict Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Avenue in Evansville (812-425-3369)
A St. Louis MO abuse victim who is the long-time head of a support group for men and women who were molested by clergy called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
Recently, Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger disclosed that a now-deceased priest who worked in the Evansville diocese for 50 years has molested children. However, Gettelfinger was very vague in his statements and waited at least 11 years before sharing this information.
The abusive cleric, Msgr. Othmar Schroeder, passed away in
SNAP leader David Clohessy believes Gettelfinger should be more prompt, forthcoming and apologetic. He is also very disappointing that neither the bishop nor other church officials have explicitly begged others who have been molested to step forward and get help. SNAP believes many clergy sex abuse victims are still trapped in shame, secrecy and self-blame, and will not disclose their pain unless gently and repeatedly prodded by loved ones or authorities.
In a recent TV interview, Gettelfinger was asked if he should have disclosed this sooner. After stammering and hesitating, Gettelfinger surprisingly replied “probably not.” http://streaming.news25.us/launch.asp?video=08-30_Gettelfinger#
Clohessy and three of his brothers were molested in the 60s and 70s by Fr. John Whiteley in central Missouri. One of Clohessy’s brothers grew up to become a priest himself and molest boys.
David Clohessy of St. Louis (National Director, SNAP) 566 9790 cell, 645 5915
Barbara Dorris 314 862 7688 Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747