Members of national victims’ group ask for local bishop’s help in seeking accountability

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Members of national victims’ group ask for local bishop’s help in seeking accountability

By Rebecca Drake

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the national advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) held an afternoon press conference today in front of the Springfield Diocese’s pastoral center on Elliot Street, here, seeking the assistance of Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell in addressing the worldwide issue of clergy abuse.

William A. Nash, an Ashfield resident who has said he was molested by a former Xaverian priest, James Tully, in a Wisconsin seminary in the 1980s, stated that today’s event was organized in response to an April 14 Associated Press report about 30 Catholic priests who have been transferred to other countries after being accused of abusing minors.

At the April 15 Springfield event, Nash spoke specifically about Xaverian Father Mario Pezzotti, who was featured in the AP article. After allegedly abusing a 14-year-old student, Joe Callander, at the Xaverians’ minor seminary in Holliston, Mass., in 1959, Father Pezzotti was later transferred to a remote area of Brazil where he worked with the Kyapo Indians and continued to have access to children.

According to the AP report, Pezzotti is presently serving as a priest in Parma, Italy.

Although neither Nash’s nor Callander’s abusers have served in the Springfield Diocese, Nash told reporters that as “part of the institute of the hierarchy of this church,” Bishop McDonnell could help to present SNAP’s concerns and requests to the Vatican.

Nash recalled that when he publicized his own abuse story in 2008, Bishop McDonnell did write to Vatican officials on Nash’s behalf and also wrote to Nash twice, saying he was moved by his story and had “written to the appropriate authority in Rome” concerning Nash’s case. Tully was voluntarily laicized in February of 2009.

“I want the bishop to use his special phone to call over to the Vatican,” Nash told reporters. “I want Bishop McDonnell to help us…. This is an issue that affects all of us.”

“I’d like somebody to take this a little more seriously than they have been,” Nash said. “Nothing is being done to stop these criminals from jet-setting around the world.”

In a written statement given to reporters, Nash stated: “Again today, I am asking for accountability from the church. I am asking the Vatican to actually do something. Priests like Mario Pezzotti have been quietly moved around the globe to unsuspecting new communities. This is a global problem in the Catholic Church. The problem has been created in Rome and needs to be changed in Rome.”

Prior to the Thursday afternoon press event in Springfield, SNAP issued a press release stating that its members “want Catholic officials to 1) publicly identify predators like Pezzotti and Tully as ‘credibly accused’ and ousted from ministry/the priesthood; 2) set up a public, international, online registry of predator priests across the globe; and 3) house predator priests in professionally-run facilities so that the offenders can get treatment and kids can be safer.”

Speaking to a television reporter after the press conference, Springfield Diocese spokesman Mark E. Dupont said, “Bishop McDonnell and the people in the Springfield Diocese share the concerns of Bill Nash and the SNAP members.”

Dupont said the local church’s efforts to address the issue of clergy abuse have been successful in recent years, but that all segments of society – churches, schools, victims groups and others – “need to partner together to stop all child abuse.”

Asked about the possibility of an online registry of credibly accused priests, Dupont said that for the last 15 years the Springfield Diocese has publicized the names of all priests who were accused of abuse and removed from priestly ministry.

Dupont also said that the child protection guidelines established by the U.S. bishops in their 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People should be adopted by other groups and other countries.
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I membri del ‘gruppo nazionale vittime di chiedere aiuto vescovo locale nella ricerca di responsabilità

By Rebecca Drake Con Rebecca Drake

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the national advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) held an afternoon press conference today in front of the Springfield Diocese’s pastoral center on Elliot Street, here, seeking the assistance of Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell in addressing the worldwide issue of clergy abuse. SPRINGFIELD – I membri del gruppo nazionale difesa SNAP (Survivors Network di tali abusi da parte di sacerdoti) ha tenuto una conferenza stampa oggi pomeriggio davanti pastorale della diocesi di Springfield il centro di Elliot Street, qui, cercando l’aiuto di Springfield vescovo Timoteo A. McDonnell nell’affrontare il problema mondiale del clero abuso.

William A. Nash, an Ashfield resident who has said he was molested by a former Xaverian priest, James Tully, in a Wisconsin seminary in the 1980s, stated that today’s event was organized in response to an April 14 Associated Press report about 30 Catholic priests who have been transferred to other countries after being accused of abusing minors. William A. Nash, un residente Ashfield che ha detto che era molestato da un prete ex Saveriani, James Tully, in un seminario Wisconsin nel 1980, ha dichiarato che l’evento di oggi è stata organizzata in risposta a un 14 aprile Associated Press relazione circa 30 sacerdoti cattolici che sono stati trasferiti ad altri paesi dopo essere stato accusato di aver abusato di minori.

At the April 15 Springfield event, Nash spoke specifically about Xaverian Father Mario Pezzotti, who was featured in the AP article. A Springfield 15 evento aprile, Nash ha parlato specificamente saveriano padre Mario Pezzotti, che è stato descritto in questo articolo AP. After allegedly abusing a 14-year-old student, Joe Callander, at the Xaverians’ minor seminary in Holliston, Mass., in 1959, Father Pezzotti was later transferred to a remote area of Brazil where he worked with the Kyapo Indians and continued to have access to children. Dopo il presunto abuso di anni, studente di 14, Joe Callander, a ‘Saveriani il seminario minore di Holliston, nel Massachusetts, nel 1959, Padre Pezzotti è stato successivamente trasferito in una remota zona del Brasile dove ha lavorato con gli indiani Kyapo e ha continuato a hanno accesso ai bambini.

According to the AP report, Pezzotti is presently serving as a priest in Parma, Italy. Secondo il rapporto AP, Pezzotti è attualmente funge da sacerdote a Parma, Italia.

Although neither Nash’s nor Callander’s abusers have served in the Springfield Diocese, Nash told reporters that as “part of the institute of the hierarchy of this church,” Bishop McDonnell could help to present SNAP’s concerns and requests to the Vatican. Sebbene né Nash né Callander di tossicodipendenti hanno prestato servizio nella diocesi di Springfield, Nash ha detto ai giornalisti che, come “parte dell’istituto della gerarchia di questa chiesa”, il Vescovo McDonnell potrebbe contribuire a presentare SNAP le preoccupazioni e le richieste al Vaticano.

Nash recalled that when he publicized his own abuse story in 2008, Bishop McDonnell did write to Vatican officials on Nash’s behalf and also wrote to Nash twice, saying he was moved by his story and had “written to the appropriate authority in Rome” concerning Nash’s case. Tully was voluntarily laicized in February of 2009. Nash ha ricordato che quando ha pubblicizzato il suo abuso di storia nel 2008, il Vescovo McDonnell ha fatto scrivere ai funzionari del Vaticano per il nome Nash e ha anche scritto a Nash due volte, dicendo che è stato spostato dalla sua storia e che “ha scritto alle autorità competenti di Roma” in materia di Nash caso. Tully è stato volontariamente laicizzato nel febbraio del 2009.

“I want the bishop to use his special phone to call over to the Vatican,” Nash told reporters. “Voglio che il vescovo di usare il suo telefono speciale per chiamare verso il Vaticano,” Nash ha detto ai giornalisti. “I want Bishop McDonnell to help us…. “Voglio Vescovo McDonnell per aiutarci …. This is an issue that affects all of us.” Questo è un problema che riguarda tutti noi “.

“I’d like somebody to take this a little more seriously than they have been,” Nash said. “Mi piacerebbe che qualcuno di prendere questo un po ‘più seriamente di quanto siano stati,” ha detto Nash. “Nothing is being done to stop these criminals from jet-setting around the world.” “Nulla è stato fatto per fermare questi criminali da jet-set in tutto il mondo”.

In a written statement given to reporters, Nash stated: “Again today, I am asking for accountability from the church. In una dichiarazione scritta, rilasciata ai giornalisti, Nash ha dichiarato: “Ancora oggi mi chiedo per la responsabilità da parte della Chiesa. I am asking the Vatican to actually do something. Sto chiedendo al Vaticano di fare effettivamente qualcosa. Priests like Mario Pezzotti have been quietly moved around the globe to unsuspecting new communities. Sacerdoti come Mario Pezzotti sono stati spostati tranquillamente tutto il mondo di ignari nuove comunità. This is a global problem in the Catholic Church. Questo è un problema globale nella Chiesa cattolica. The problem has been created in Rome and needs to be changed in Rome.” Il problema è stato creato a Roma e deve essere cambiato a Roma “.

Prior to the Thursday afternoon press event in Springfield, SNAP issued a press release stating that its members “want Catholic officials to 1) publicly identify predators like Pezzotti and Tully as ‘credibly accused’ and ousted from ministry/the priesthood; 2) set up a public, international, online registry of predator priests across the globe; and 3) house predator priests in professionally-run facilities so that the offenders can get treatment and kids can be safer.” Prima della conferenza stampa Giovedi pomeriggio a Springfield, SNAP ha emesso un comunicato stampa in cui dichiarava che i suoi membri “vogliono i funzionari cattolici a 1) identificare pubblicamente predatori come Pezzotti e Tully come ‘accusato credibile’ e cacciato dal ministero / sacerdozio, 2), istituito un pubblico, internazionale, registro online dei preti predatori in tutto il mondo, e 3) preti predatori casa in conduzione impianti professionalmente in modo che i trasgressori possono ottenere il trattamento e bambini possono essere più sicuri “.

Speaking to a television reporter after the press conference, Springfield Diocese spokesman Mark E. Dupont said, “Bishop McDonnell and the people in the Springfield Diocese share the concerns of Bill Nash and the SNAP members.” Parlando ad un reporter televisivo dopo la conferenza stampa, diocesi di Springfield portavoce Mark E. Dupont ha detto: “Vescovo McDonnell e il popolo della diocesi di Springfield parti le preoccupazioni di Bill Nash e dei membri SNAP.”

Dupont said the local church’s efforts to address the issue of clergy abuse have been successful in recent years, but that all segments of society – churches, schools, victims groups and others – “need to partner together to stop all child abuse.” Dupont ha detto locale chiesa sforzi per affrontare la questione del clero abusi hanno avuto successo negli ultimi anni, ma che tutti i segmenti della società – chiese, scuole, gruppi di vittime e gli altri – “hanno bisogno di collaborare insieme per fermare tutti gli abusi sui minori”.

Asked about the possibility of an online registry of credibly accused priests, Dupont said that for the last 15 years the Springfield Diocese has publicized the names of all priests who were accused of abuse and removed from priestly ministry. Alla domanda sulla possibilità di un registro on-line di sacerdoti accusati credibile, Dupont ha detto che per gli ultimi 15 anni la diocesi di Springfield ha pubblicizzato i nomi di tutti i sacerdoti accusati di abusi e rimossi dal ministero sacerdotale.

Dupont also said that the child protection guidelines established by the US bishops in their 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People should be adopted by other groups and other countries. Dupont ha anche detto che la disciplina di protezione dei bambini stabilito dai vescovi degli Stati Uniti nella loro Carta 2002 per la protezione dei bambini e dei giovani devono essere adottate da altri gruppi e altri paesi.

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