Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cases settled
Several Fargo Child Sex Cases Settle vs. Catholic Church

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell,

We are grateful to the brave North Dakota men who publicly exposed Brother Raimond Rose, a dangerous child molesting Catholic cleric who taught in Fargo. Because of their courage and compassion, thousands of Catholic parents now understand that they should keep their kids away from Rose and that they cannot trust the hierarchy of the Christian Brothers.

We hope the settlements bring a measure of comfort and closure to these deeply wounded men. They certainly deserve it. Often, victims do feel some degree of validation when they successfully force complicit employers to finally take some responsibility for terrible crimes committed by their sick employees.

At the same time, however, no amount of money can ever restore or ‘un-do’ a stolen childhood or shattered psyche. So we urge every child sex abuse victim to stay in therapy and support groups, no matter what may or may not happen in the legal arena.

It’s alarming that an allegedly spiritual man, Brother Thomas Johnson, who lied to Minnesota authorities, is now the second-in-command of the Christian Brothers worldwide.

Each man who was hurt by Rose and has stepped forward – to police, to prosecutors, through litigation or the news media – should feel deeply proud of his role in helping to stop future abuse, deter future deceit, and protect innocent children. We especially applaud Kevin Price, who had the wisdom to save incriminating letters from top Christian Brothers officials and share those with a journalist. Because of his caring actions, Catholics everywhere have a better understanding and awareness of how untrustworthy church authorities can be. We hope many others with information about known and suspected clergy sex crimes learns a crucial lesson – report to secular officials, not church officials.

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