SNAP Calls for Archdiocese of Louisville to Fire the Chancellor

September 8, 2011

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is calling for the Archdiocese of Louisville to fire the chancellor.

Holding signs, protesters said Chancellor Brian Reynolds misled police in the investigation of James Schook, who is accused of sexual abuse.

SNAP says they posted 300 plus pages of documents on their website that lay out a series of alleged accusations against Reynolds.

In response, the Archdiocese defended Reynolds and said:

Below is a review of the facts involving Fr. James Schook. This information has been stated consistently since the accusations of child abuse by Fr. Schook first came forward in 2009:

• The first accusation of the sexual abuse of a minor by Father Schook was received by the Archdiocese in June of 2009. Our records indicate that prior concerns that had surfaced related to Fr. Schook involved adult misconduct.

• After the accusation of child abuse came forward, the Archdiocese immediately contacted the authorities and Father Schook was removed from ministry and from his position as pastor of St. Ignatius, pending investigation.

• The accusations and his removal as pastor were announced to his parish and through The Record, which is mailed weekly to 65,000 Catholic households.

• While the investigation was being conducted, Fr. Schook lived at St. Therese rectory.

• After the investigation was complete and the accusations were substantiated in spring of 2009, the Sexual Abuse Review Board recommended to Archbishop Kurtz that Fr. Schook be directed to lead a life of prayer and penance. At that time he stopped living at the St. Therese rectory.

• Priests who are directed to lead a life of prayer and penance may not celebrate Mass publicly, administer the sacraments, wear clerical garb, present themselves publicly as priests, and may not have any unsupervised contact with minors.

• All records related to Fr. Schook were voluntarily turned over to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and the Archdiocese has cooperated with the police investigation.


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