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PA--Archbishop manipulates parishioners in political ad

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Philadelphia’s top Catholic official plans to use parishioners in a political ad in a battle to reform Pennsylvania’s predator-friendly child sex abuse laws. Shame on him and on every church staffer and member who’s cooperating in this deceitful effort.

This Friday, May 27th, from 6:30-8:30PM at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, archdiocesan officials will give a “short presentation on House Bill 1947” followed by “audience participation in filming a short commercial on this issue.”  (See email from church official below)

The measure would temporarily lift the state’s arbitrary and archaic statute of limitations, enabling victims to expose those who committed and are concealing child sex crimes.  

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USA--Bishops promote complacency when they should be promoting vigilance

For immediate release: Friday, May 20, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home,davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Year after year, bishops issue the same flawed, deceptive self-survey trying to promote complacency when they should be promoting vigilance.

Under intense public pressure 14 years ago, US bishops adopted a weak, vague abuse policy. Bishops ‘comply’ with these self-serving steps of course because their insurers, defense lawyers and public relations experts insist that they do.

And even then, they often give only the appearance of compliance.

For example, at least ten admitted, proven or credibly accused pedophile priests remain on the job in the US today.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/usa_accused_predator_priests_still_on_the_job

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