ITALY- Two challenge new pope on crisis
Two challenge new pope on crisis
One is a Catholic mother & archivist
The other is an abuse victim & advocate
Both see “major problems” with how church deals with abuse
“Western model” is “largely public relations oriented,” they say
At a news conference, a Catholic mother and archivist and a US clergy sex abuse victim will
-- discuss what they know and how they feel about the new pope, and
-- explain why the model used by many western bishops to deal with abuse is seriously flawed.
TODAY, Thursday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Orange Hotel, 86 Via Crescenzio 00193, Roma +39.06.6868969
Two leaders of the US-based groups:
--Anne Barrett Doyle of Boston, a Catholic mom who is the co-director of the international watchdog group BishopAccountability.org
--David Clohessy of St. Louis, an abuse victim who is the director of an international support called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
The two have had extensive experience in the abuse crisis, Clohessy for 24 years and Barrett-Doyle for 13 years. They believe that much of how Catholic officials in the US and other developed nations deal with abuse is reactive (rather than pro-active) and oriented towards public relations gestures instead of meaningful reform.
Founded in 2003, BishopAccountability.org is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, and documents the crisis of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. It offers an online collection of more than 100,000 pages of church records, legal documents, and media reports. Its hardcopy archive is approaching one million pages. The mission of the organization is to give the public convenient access to information pertaining to the abuse crisis in the U.S. and worldwide. An independent non-profit corporation, BishopAccountability.org is an archive and a data center. It is not a victims' advocacy group or a reform group.
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988, is based in Chicago and has more than 12,000 members in 65 nations (but we have heard from victims in more than 100 countries). Despite the word “priest” in our title, we help people who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org
Anne Barrett Doyle 001 781 439 5208 or 001 (39) 781 439 5208 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Hotel Hilton Garden Inn (39) 06 845441, fax (39) 06 8555171
David Clohessy's Italian cell 334 791 2239 or 339 215 7504 (SNAPclohessy@aol.com) or at the Hotel Cambridge, Via Palestro 87, Rome 00185 (011 39 06 49384917)
Clohessy will be in Rome until Wednesday, March 20. Barrett-Doyle will be in Rome until Sunday.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.