Magee to comment on his role in crisis; SNAP responds
Anything that Magee does now is meaningless. For decades, he was a powerful figure in the church hierarchy in Rome and in Ireland. Instead of using his considerable power to protect kids, he used it to endanger kids.Magee isn’t stupid. He knows he must say something. He’s smart enough to sound contrite in public. But such words, at this point, mean nothing.
We urge Irish citizens and Catholics to ignore belated and begrudging apologies from clearly corrupt church officials. We urge them, instead, to keep fighting for real secular reforms that will deter decision-makers from acting callously, recklessly and deceptively with children’s safety in the future.
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Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1-314 862 7688 home, +1-314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
(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 23 years and have more than 10,000 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
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Survivors demand public meeting with disgraced Church leader
By CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer Published Monday, August 22, 2011
Former Archbishop of Cloyne John Magee has been challenged to come forward and meet the victims of the clerical abuse scandal he is accused of covering up.
Outrage has greeted Magee’s statement to the Sunday Independent newspaper at the weekend when he confirmed he will not yet respond publicly to the Cloyne Report.
The Bishop denied fleeing to America when he was found at a parish house in Mitchelstown, Cork, provided for him by the Catholic Church.
Now victims of the priests under his control have demanded a public meeting with Dr Magee and a response to the criticism in the Cloyne Report of his time in office and his failure to deal with sexual abuse allegations against his priests.
One victim told the Irish Times: “I think all of us would like him to meet us publicly and apologize for the manner in which he handled our complaints.
“The Cloyne report was damning of him, and all he’s done is issued a statement of apology through a public relations company.
“If he has any respect for us at all he should meet us, but I don’t expect him to do that because he has shown nothing but contempt for us.
“He’s a coward, and all he’s concerned with is looking after himself, but he has a duty, a duty to meet us.”
The Cloyne Report alleged that up to two thirds of all abuse allegations in the diocese were not reported to the civil authorities.
It also accused Bishop Magee of falsely telling health board executives that allegations of abuse had been forwarded to police.
Another victim, who co-operated with the Commission behind the Cloyne Report, demanded that Dr Magee face the anger of those he had betrayed.
“Bishop Magee should come forward now and hold a press conference and answer the criticisms,” she told the paper.
“The Archbishop of Cashel Dermot Clifford said it would be helpful if he was present to answer questions. At least Clifford showed us respect by holding a press conference.
“I see where Bishop Magee’s brother in Mitchelstown now has called for people to respect him but who has respect for us, has Magee shown any respect for us?
“We’re entitled to feel as angry as Our Lord was in the temple with the Pharisees.”
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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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