IL- Cardinal is deposed tomorrow
For immediate release Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, Founder and President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
We are glad Cardinal Francis George will be deposed in the disturbing Fr. Daniel McCormack abuse and cover up case. But we are upset that some records about McCormack are still secret, even though George and other Catholic officials formally pledged 12 years ago to be “open and transparent” in these cases.
We hope victims' attorneys will get to question George about his deceptive and reckless actions in other cases too, including those of Fr. Kenneth Martin, Fr. Joseph Bennett, Fr. Norbert Maday, Fr. John Calicott, Fr. Michael Yakaitis, Fr. Elijah Martin and about other church staff who ignored or concealed abuse, like Fr. Leonard Dubi and Fr. Edward Grace.
To some, the McCormack case may seem like “old news.” But the devastating and preventable pain of McCormack's victims is likely very much current. And there's still much more about this horrific case that remains hidden, we believe. Chicago citizens and Catholics deserve to know the full truth about the terribly selfish and irresponsible actions by several church officials that enabled a serial predator to assault more children.
Finally, keep in mind that almost every cleric tied to the McCormack scandal was subsequently promoted.
(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 18,000 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)
SNAP will be Representing Clergy Abuse Survivors in Rome!
We are taking the fight to Rome and are standing up for all survivors on a world stage! From February 19-25, Board President Tim Lennon, Seattle Leader Mary Dispenza, Los Angeles Leader Esther Hatfield Miller and Austin Leader Carol Midboe will be traveling to Rome for Pope Francis' Papal Abuse Summit.
If you are a member of the media and looking to get in touch with these survivors while in Rome, click here for our media advisory and contact information. If you are interested in connecting with a survivor in the US from your area of coverage, please contact one of the SNAP leaders in the US listed below:
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