AK - Victims challenge Juneau bishop in his new national post

For immediate release: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Juneau’s top Catholic official is the new head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Child and Youth Protection.”

http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/committee-chairmen-elections

We call on Bishop Edward Burns to take two immediate steps.

First, Burns should post names of predator priests on his church websites. This is the quickest and easiest way any Catholic prelate can protect kids right now. As head of the “child protection” committee, it’s crucial that Burns lead by example.

Roughly 20 US bishops have taken this simple, proven, inexpensive safety measure (starting with Tucson and Baltimore dioceses in 2002). Days ago, Minnesota’s top Catholic official pledged to do so soon. The Philadelphia archdiocese posts the names, photos and work histories of predator priests.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm

Second, Burns should mount an aggressive campaign to persuade his colleagues to post their own lists of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics.

By their own admission, some 7,000 US priests are accused of molesting girls and boys. Some are dead. A few are behind bars. But most, we are convinced, are living and working among unsuspecting neighbors and colleagues. Most get little or no supervision or monitoring. Those who are monitored, we believe, are not monitored well.

Why are so many child molesting clerics not in prison? Because Catholic bishops hid their crimes until the statute of limitations expired and they could not be prosecuted.

Catholic bishops recruited, educated, ordained, hired, trained, transferred and protected most of these pedophile priests. And by stonewalling police, deceiving prosecutors, intimidating victims, threatening whistleblowers, discrediting witnesses, fabricating alibis, destroying evidence and exploiting legal loopholes, Catholic bishops prevented the prosecution of these predator priests.

Now, the absolute least Catholic bishops can do is to post the names of their child molesting clerics on parish and diocesan websites so that parents, parishioners and the public can be warned about these dangerous clerics.

We hope Burns shows - by his actions, not his words – that he takes his new post seriously and will lead courageously.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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commented 2013-11-13 11:23:04 -0600 · Flag
This is what should be done. But it’s hard to believe that there are still bishops in this country who still believe secrecy is the best way to go. May God bless SNAP for all the wonderful work you do. I have no doubt that you are truly led by the Holy Spirit.
@snapdorris tweeted this page. 2013-11-12 11:35:30 -0600
Our most powerful tool is the light of truth. Through our actions, we bring healing, prevention and justice.



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