For immediate release: Monday, March 24, 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)
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is spending millions on renovating clergy housing. We believe this excessive spending could have been used for better purposes.
It is not uncommon for Catholic bishops to lavishly spend money on extravagant housing. Newark Archbishop John Myers is building himself an opulent home. This week, bishops in Germany will reportedly disclose the fate of the "Bishop of Bling" who is spending a fortune on his home too.
We believe this money can be better spent on helping to better protect kids from predator priests.
While we believe Pope Francis has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to the clergy sex abuse scandal, he is right when he criticizes his fellow Catholic officials for living extravagantly.
Remember these outrageous purchases the next time you hear bishops' claiming that they don't have the funds to compensate deeply sounded and still suffering clergy sex abuse victims.
(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)