MA- O'Malley calls SNAP “angry & hurt” - SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Statement by Phil Saviano (617-983 5075) of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
In a derisive put-down, Boston's top Catholic official is criticizing the motives of thousands of members of our self-help group.
In an interview published late yesterday by the Washington Post, Cardinal Sean O'Malley dismissed our well-founded skepticism about the latest Catholic abuse panel by claiming that our organization is “very hurt and very angry.”
For a quarter century, we've helped expose the complicity of hundreds of Catholic officials in thousands of heinous child sex crimes. So it's tempting and convenient for most of them to portray us as “angry.” The truth is, however, that most of us are passionate . . . about the safety of children. That's what drives us. And we're deeply – and justifiably – disappointed that after nearly 30 years of widely-reported and extensively-documented callous cover ups by seemingly countless Catholic clerics, Pope Francis is setting up yet-another church panel to study abuse.
It's been said that the best defense is a good offense. So we're not surprised that O'Malley tries to discredit and dismiss us. In so doing, he joins a long list of his church colleagues who know they can't defend the indefensible so instead they attack the messengers.
(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)
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.