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First time alliance of Catholic pastors and victims of childhood sexual violence by clergy make historic public appeal

December 26, 2011

Click here to view the advertisement which appears today in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Ad

Joint message to appear in a full page advertisement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday December 27th, 2011

As Archdiocesan bankruptcy deadline looms, group wants survivors to come forward to court by Feb 1st bar date

Group also urging full accounting of child sex crimes in archdiocese, including release of all abuse related documents

Effort part of year-long dialogue between local survivors and priests, anticipated to grow in the coming year


For the first time in the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis, a group of priests and clergy sexual assault survivors will jointly publish a statement calling on victim/survivors to come forward and urge public accountability and transparency from church officials. The group, which has been meeting for nearly a year, is specifically hoping that their appeal will bring forward survivors of clergy sexual abuse in the Milwaukee archdiocese to file claims for restitution in federal bankruptcy court before the February 1, 2012 deadline. The statement will appear in a full page Ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday, December 27th.

The group, which was brought together by the current vice chancellor of the Milwaukee archdiocese and the long time Midwest Director of the nation’s largest self-help organization of clergy sexual abuse survivors, or SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests), will discuss the process of dialogue which led to the Ad, and the growing interest from priests and survivors in the archdiocese who wish to join together over the next year to develop a common agenda for healing and reform.


Tuesday, December 27th, 2011.  1:00 p.m.


Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire Street, Milwaukee, WI, Enter on side entrance facing Hampshire Street.


Several Catholic pastors of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and survivors of clergy sexual assault including Fr. Jim Connell, Vice-Chancellor of the Milwaukee archdiocese, and Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director.  SNAP Wisconsin leaders will also be present including the mother of a survivor.


Fr. Jim Connell, Vice-Chancellor of archdiocese, 414.940.8054

Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director, 414.429.7259

John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director, 414.336.8575 

One Comment
  1. W B permalink

    My deep gratitude to all those who have made this full page ad in the Milwaukee Sentinal possible. I have read it, and as a survivor I find much comfort in it. The blessings of God on all of you. For the record, I am a survivor who nonetheless belong to a caring Catholic parish in my area of New Jersey. W B

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