Archdiocese Took No Action against Predator Priest, SNAP Responds

June 24, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,

In a recently released deposition, a predator priest admits the Twin Cities archdiocese took no action against him after abuse allegations were reported. We are not surprised, but we're deeply disappointed that Catholic officials were and are so reckless with the safety of children.


Fr. Jerome Kern is one of 30 priests the archdiocese recently admitted has credible abuse allegations against them.

We hope, as more and more of these revelations come to light, that parishioners and parents will be able to better protect their children and demand that church officials act legally, responsibly, and in line with their own codes of conduct.








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