For immediate release: Monday, March 31, 2014
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)
A Connecticut priest who has been suspended since last year has been arrested for sexual assault. We are glad that this dangerous predator has finally been arrested.
Fr. Paul Gotta from the Archdiocese of Hartford, but living in Bridgeport, was first put on administrative leave a year ago after complaints of sexual abuse, one of the complaints involved a minor. The archdiocese said in a statement that “We offer our prayers for all concerned in this matter”
We hope they will offer more than prayers and offer real action to help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Tell us all, please, pope francis, WHAT EXCUSE DO YOU GIVE for not offering real action to help protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded?