August 25, 2008 - Press Conference in Memphis - new lawuit against Paul St. Charles
The Survivors Network of those Abused by PriestsSNAP Press Release
Giving Voice to Victims
Another case filed against priest, Paul St. Charles. Five other suits settled.
At least five additional complaints settled out of court.
Many other known victims who have yet to come forward.
The people want to know the status of the promised defrocking of Paul St. Charles
At a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will announce that another case has been filed against a pedophile priest,assigned across the state, living in Nashville, who abused many children in Memphis. (Case filed in the Shelby Country Circuit court office.)
They will also publicly call on others who saw, suspected or suffered sex crimes by this man or other priest abusers to contact police, and lawmakers to reform archaic, predator-friendly laws.
Monday, August 25, 2008 10:30 a.m.
David Brown, local state leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
In front of the Shelby County Courthouse ], corner of 3rd and Adams, downrown
The Catholic Diocese of Memphis has acknowledged that Fr. Paul St. Charles is a perpetrator and has removed him from active ministry. At least five civil child molestation cases against him have been settled. (Some were filed in court, others were direct reports to church officials.)
For the sake of public safety, SNAP is urging the public and parishioners to demand that Memphis Catholic officials disclose the status and whereabouts of all pedophile priests living in the diocese.
More information . . . .
The sad truth that, because pedophile priests were moved around by Bishops and protected until the statute of limitation had run means that nothing criminally can be done unless, or until, they are caught molesting now. Therefore they will never be prosecuted and will be on no sexual registry. Since the Bishop has not made the information public, the community must be alerted to facts by those who want to protect children..
1.) These predators will not be on any sex offender list because the church protected them.
2.) The number of children abused by these men includes many non-Catholic kids as well as Catholic kids.
3.) When is Bishop Steib going to address this issue? He uses the diocesan spokesperson to give rehearsed responses that are generic and ambiguous. Bishop Steib has never been held accountable by the press or the Catholics of Memphis for allowing abusers access to kids.
4.) The Diocese of Memphis has acknowledged this man as a perpetrator, has settled five cases involving suits and many other complaints settled where victims chose not to sue, and still he receives accolades from the Nashville clergy and hierarchy while his victims are vilified.
Thankfully Bishop Steib did remove this man from ministry. He can do more to make these perpetrators, their whereabouts, and there status known to the people. We know where some of these perpetrators are but he should tell the people where they all are located so they can protect their children. Does Bishop Steib still have other perpetrators in active ministry?
WE ASK . . .
1.) The public to demand accountability from Bishop Steib and the clergy of the diocese of Memphis to verify their knowledge of all pedophile priests living in the diocese.
2.) Bishop Steib to denounce the practice of hiding priests from other Dioceses and tell the people the truth about the danger to their children by pedophile priests who are living in the diocese.
The most recent address we are aware of for Paul St Charles is 122 Tallwood Drive, Nashville, 37211. We only want people aware so they can guard against allowing children near.
For more information:
Ann Brentwood, Southeastern Director of SNAP 865 984-7092 or 865 607-6119 cell
David Brown of Memphis, Memphis SNAP Leader 901 569-4500
Mike Coode of Nashville, Nashville SNAP Leader 615-269-5165
Susan Vance of Knoxville, Knoxville SNAP Leader 865-748-3518