We Hope Church Officials Warn Parents

By David Clohessy
May 24, 2013

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,

A Wisconsin Catholic monk, recently arrested twice and accused of trying to assault Chicago area girls, is now out of jail and living with family in Lansing IL. He's Brother Thomas Chmura.

This Catholic cleric is dangerous. He belongs in a remote, secure treatment center run by secular professionals, not Catholic amateurs. For the safety of kids, we implore his Wisconsin supervisors to put him far away from those he's hurt. And we hope that church officials will, at least in the short term, warn parents about exactly where he is so they can protect their kids.

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. Our website is

Contact: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,








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