For immediate release May 24, 2018
Statement by Tim Lennon, Volunteer President of the Board of Directors of SNAP, the Survivors Network (415-312-5820, tlennon@SNAPnetwork.org)
We are extremely grateful to the State of Pennsylvania for investigating its Catholic Dioceses and for making the report public next month. Each of the six dioceses under investigation have copies of the report now.
For immediate release, May 24, 2018
Statement by Barbra Graber, Volunteer SNAP Mennonite Leader, mennonite@SNAPnetwork.org, 540-214-8874
Urie A. Bender, credibly accused clergy sexual abuser of Mennonite girls and women over several decades, died on Friday. We grieve for his family and loved ones. But we also grieve for his many victims, especially those who have never felt it was safe to come forward.
It will be tempting to publicly profess Urie Bender’s glowing accomplishments while ignoring his deeply harmful actions against vulnerable members of the church body. We as adults face a simple choice.