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SNAP objects to 2 appointments in Youngstown Diocese



Published: Wed, June 18, 2014 @ 12:08 a.m.

SNAP criticizes chancellor, principal choices

By LINDA M. LINONIS

linonis@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

On the day two appointments drew objections by the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Bishop George V. Murry named someone to oversee child protection in the Youngstown Diocese.

Judy Jones, Midwest associate director of SNAP, along with Jerry Arnal, SNAP Youngstown leader, and Steven Spaner, SNAP Australia coordinator, talked to the media Tuesday afternoon near the diocesan office at 144 W. Wood St.

SNAP criticized the appointments of Monsignor John Zuraw as chancellor, replacing Nancy Yuhasz, who is retiring; and Joseph Kenneally, who was principal of John F. Kennedy High School Lower Campus in Warren, to principal of the high school.

Jones claimed Monsignor Zuraw, director of the Permanent Diaconate program in the diocese, had to know about allegations of sexual abuse against a teacher who became a deacon and previously was at Cardinal Mooney High School. Arnal asserted last August he had been abused by this deacon, who has since left the school. SNAP also said another person has accused the deacon of abuse.

Jones said Monsignor Zuraw, in the role of chancellor, should not be the one who oversees the diocese’s Child Protection Policy.

And he won’t be. The diocese announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas Sauline as policy administrator, who also is safe environment and victim assistance coordinator. He is catechetical consultant in the diocese.

As for Kenneally, Jones said the diocese should have found “someone not in the [diocese] system” for the principal’s position. Kenneally was named principal of JFK Lower Campus in 2011.

Yuhasz said Kenneally was not at the school when Stephen Baker, a Franciscan friar accused of molesting multiple students, was. Baker was at JFK from 1986 to 1991.

Speaking to reporters after the SNAP event, Yuhasz said the diocese received no notification of SNAP’s press conference or its concerns about the appointments.

“Anytime the diocese receives an allegation of abuse, the information goes to the bishop, the diocesan review board [whose members are not diocese employees] and are referred to children’s services,” Yuhasz said.

Jones said SNAP believes it is the responsibility of the diocese to release or post on its website the names of abusers.

Yuhasz said the diocese must be careful in releasing the names of any alleged abusers before charges are proved.

For information on SNAP, visit www.snapnetwork.org. For details on the diocese’s Child Protection Policy, visit www.doy.org.


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1UNCOMMONSENSE(459 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

Judy don't make a "SNAP" decision before you have proof. Had to know is not proof that he actually knew anything.

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2JudyJones(153 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

Quoted: "Yuhasz said the diocese must be careful in releasing the names of any alleged abusers before charges are proved"---

This is a very irresponsible excuse, plus it is not following the bishops' so called child protection policy which they claim "zero tolerance and being open and transparent".

Yuhasz's knows they have the statute of limitations for child sex crimes on their side, which prevents most victims from even having their day in court. So she uses the excuse of "being careful to release names of any alleged abusers before charges are proved"?. So as long as the church officials ignore the victims who report their abuse to them, they pretend to claim "they are taking every action possible" to protect children from sexual abuse.

This is extremely disturbing. How many innocent children have to be sexually abused by clerics or teachers, etc. before Bishop Murry takes this serious. At least 30 other dioceses in the USA have posted the names of credibly accused predators on their diocese web site. Bishop Murry won't even remove, make public, or name those who have been accused of sex abuse in his diocese.

There are more than one, and Bishop Murry knows this. He has ignored more than just the claims of the deacon/teacher, there have been allegations of sex abuse reported to him about others who are still working in this diocese and among children.

How on earth are parents able to protect their kids from being used and abused, when Murry is still keeping a very tight lid on the secrets in this diocese?

Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems and until this gets stopped children are not safe today.
Silence is not an option anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

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3JudyJones(153 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

Statement by SNAP Leader and abuse survivor Jerry Arnal (JerryArnal@yahoo.com)

Last August, the Youngstown news media covered a SNAP news conference in front of the Youngstown diocese chancery office, where I told of being sexually abused by a teacher who, at the time, worked at St. Christine School (in Youngstown) and later worked at Cardinal Mooney High School (also in Youngstown). He was a teacher and an ordained deacon.

As a result of that event, SNAP was contacted by another victim of the same teacher/deacon. We are grateful to this person, who we'll call "Alex", has reached out to us. That takes courage.

Like me, "Alex" is worried that this deacon may have hurt others or may hurt others in the future.

But Youngstown Catholic officials are still being secretive about this offender and refusing to identify him, violating their repeated promise to be open about clergy sex crimes.

In fact, in Youngstown Vindicator (1/25/13), for the third time in as many years, Bishop George Murray pledged transparency in abuse cases and claimed that they are "taking every action possible" to protect children from sexual abuse. But keeping a predator's name secret puts other kids in harm's way. It also exacerbates the harm to victims by leaving them invalidated.

By naming the perpetrator of known abuse, other victims who may have suffered abuse by the same person begin to feel free to come forward to seek help and understanding with their abuse and finally feeling as if they are not alone. Bishop Murray and his staff know this. Yet they refuse to act responsibly to both "out" and oust this deacon, so he can't hurt others and so that those he HAS hurt can better heal.

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4mmarsh15(1 comment)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

In our Steubenville diocese, when a priest is accused, he is immediately removed from any contact with children. It seems a violation of Child Protection Laws of the Church to allow one to remain in such positions as these individuals, who have witnesses to their having been abusers, have been reassigned to. Shame on Youngstown diocese for its indiscretion. Are children safe in that school system as they are in our diocese? I doubt it.

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