Family to Sue Bishops

August 8, 2006

Milwaukee - A group dedicated to exposing abusive Catholic priests is about to announce a bold legal move.

The Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) holds a news conference in Milwaukee to announce a civil lawsuit against all U.S. Catholic bishops.

The suit will be filed by the family of Dan O'Connell, a Hudson man who, according to a judge, was murdered by Fr. Ryan Erickson. Fr. Erickson committed suicide after he was questioned about the murders of O'Connell and another man.

The judge's ruling said that before his murder, O'Connell had confronted Fr. Erickson with suspicions that the priest was molesting children.

O'Connell's family is hoping to prevent future clergy sex abuse by forcing church leaders to disclose the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused abusive priests.


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