Fr. Jim Connell of Sheboygan, other clergy “whistleblowers” launch new national campaign today

Fr. Jim Connell of Sheboygan, other clergy “whistleblowers” launch new national campaign today

Fr. Jim Connell of Sheboygan, other clergy “whistleblowers” launch new national campaign today

Group formed to support clergy, others in coming forward on abuse and cover up 

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director (Milwaukee)
CONTACT:  414.429.7259

From the link:

As featured in today’s New York Times, Fr. Jim Connell of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and other clergy who have come forward on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church have launched a national “whistleblowers” website to invite and help others to do the same.  The group’s website is

The group sent a letter today to Pope Francis asking him to take necessary steps to restore the church’s credibility, revoke all oaths of secrecy, open the files on abuse cases, remove from office any bishops who obstructed justice and create an international forum for dialogue between survivors and church leaders.

Connell is also a founding member of a pioneering group of clergy and survivors in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who over the last two years have been working publically and privately together to end clerical sexual abuse in the local church, bring offenders to justice, and insist on full institutional accountability and transparency.

Connell and the other clergy in today’s Times story are demonstrating what real leadership looks like by Catholic clergy.  By coming forward they have followed the path, difficult, necessary, and ultimately liberating, of the many clerical survivors around the country who preceded them.  They have earned the trust and respect of survivors, the public and the church.

The clergy whistle blowers is a hard won beginning of, one can only hope, of how the sexual abuse crisis in the church will be resolved.  It certainly cannot be done without clergy like Connell and others.  And if clergy and other Catholic leaders finally come forward on this crisis, speak out, demand justice, then the longed for day may come when survivors will no longer need to.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Visit us at and


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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on May 22, 2013, in Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Bill Donohue, Catholic League, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Catholic Whistleblowers Organization, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Fr Jim Connell, Peter Isley Midwest Director of SNAP, Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, SNAP Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, Uncategorized, Vatican, William A Donohue and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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