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by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director,
We're grateful that Philadelphia jurors will hear sworn testimony from
this West Virginia priest, Fr. Kevin Qjuirk.
(We believe Quirk's also
involved in the case of a controversial accused Steubenville priest, Fr. Gary
Zalenski, who has been accused of child sex crimes.)
But we're still
disappointed that it's taking a judge's order to get Catholic officials to do
their simple, civic duty - honor a subpoena. The church hierarchy claims it
"cooperates" with law enforcement. But as this case shows, often they only
"cooperate" when a judge insists that they do so.
Fr. Quirk should have
gone voluntarily. When he delayed, Bishop Bransfield should have ordered him to
Again, we see the same irresponsible pattern by Catholic officials
- say one thing, do another. Top church staff continue to largely act as though
they're above the law.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests, is the world?s oldest and largest support group for
clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 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 and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide
range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy
Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy
(314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine
(312-399-4747, email@example.com), Peter Isely
Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
W.Va. monsignor must testify in Pa. abuse trial
Posted: Apr 20, 2012 9:38 AM CDT
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A
West Virginia judge says Monsignor Kevin Quirk must testify as a material
witness in a clergy sexual abuse trial under way in Philadelphia.
attorney, William Kolibash, said Friday that Hancock County Circuit Judge Ronald
Wilson has ruled that Quirk is a material witness in the case against the Rev.
Kolibash says his client must appear to testify between
April 29 and May 1.
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office couldn't
subpoena Quirk because he lives outside Pennsylvania. It needed a West Virginia
judge to issue the subpoena.
Kolibash says the ruling came late Thursday.
Quirk had fought the petition to appear.
Quirk was 1 of 3 canonical
judges at a church trial for Brennan. Brennan's now in criminal court for an
alleged 1996 assault that he denies.
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