Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Reach Out To Others At Big Greek Food Festival
They Offer Help To Anyone Who Was Hurt by Prominent Serial Predator Priest
Those Who ”Saw, Suspected or Suffered” His Crimes Should Call Police, Group Says
Because Alleged Offender May Have Fled the Country; SNAP Wants Church To Warn Families
As people enter a huge, popular annual Dallas event, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out flyers about a notorious predatory priest who faces a civil child sex abuse and cover up trial next month. The leaflets urge anyone who
— saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to ‘come forward, get help, and call the law,’ and
— knows the predator’s current whereabouts to call police
The group is also urging
— festival-goers to ask their friends and family if this child-molesting clergyman hurt anyone they know, and
— congregants to prod the church hierarchy into working harder to find victims and prevent others.
TODAY, Friday, Sept. 26, 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Outside the Greek Food Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest (at Alpha), in Dallas, TX
Three victims of predatory priests who are also members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) including a Missouri woman who is on the organization’s national staff
For 28 years, Fr. Nicholas E. Katinas worked at Holy Trinity, the most prominent Greek Orthodox church in Dallas. He faces at least five allegations of sexually abusing children in Dallas during his time there. The civil trial is scheduled for Nov. 3 in Dallas.
SNAP suspects that others at the parish and in the community have information about him and his crimes. The group wants to find and help anyone who was molested by him.
Defendants in the Dallas lawsuit are Katinas, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver, and the 1.5 million member Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (Goarch.org). The most recent lawsuit against Katinas was filed earlier this month in Chicago by a victim who alleges Katinas abused him in Illinois prior to his being transferred to Holy Trinity in Dallas.
Katinas, now in his early 70s, is believed to have left the country and was last known to be living in Rhodes, Greece. In January, he was reportedly defrocked.
Some of his victims are represented by attorneys Tahira Khan Merritt of Dallas (214 503 7300), Marc Pearlman of Chicago (312 261 4554), and Jeff Anderson of Minnesota (612 817 8665 cell, 651 227 9990).
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director 314 503 0003 cell, 314 862 7688
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915
Lisa Kendzior, SNAP Dallas Director 817 773 5907 cell