Interview With Vinnie Nauheimer: Advocate For Survivors Of Clergy Abuse
October 13, 2018
Vinnie Nauheimer was born in the Bronx, attended Catholic schools through high school and served in four years in the Navy during the Viet Nam war. After the Navy, he attended Iona College where he was a member of the Cornelian Honor Society and received his degree in Business Administration. He left the business world to become a teacher and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Mercy College as well as a post graduate certificate in Autism and Severe Multiple Disabilities from Pace University.
Vinnie and his family had the unfortunate experience of running across a predator priest and for the last twenty years has dedicated a significant amount of time advocating for survivors of clergy abuse and fighting for change within the Roman Catholic Church to bring abusers to justice and prevent further abuse. He has dedicated all his talents to this effort and has written two books, Epistles on Clergy Abuse and God Damn Bishops and Priests. The former contains actual copies of letters he wrote to bishops, priests, editors and survivors on the subject of clergy abuse. The latter is a compilation of selected essays that he has written on clergy abuse over the years. In addition, Vinnie curates a FB page called The Clergy Abuse Collection where he showcases both his clergy abuse artwork and relevant articles.