For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 27
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Crookston Catholic officials made a shrewd move on Friday when they released a list of child molesting clerics.
We storngly suspect it's an incomplete list. And we stronlgly suspete that Catholic officials took this step because they feared that a judge would soon order them to do so.
And shame on them for releasing the list on a Friday, which is when public relations consultants tell wrongdoers is the best time to disclose embarrassing news so it's seen by the fewest people.
We call on Fargo Catholic officials to release their list, and stop hiding behind claims of confidentiality. (Those who sexually assault kids, we feel, have forfeited their right to secrecy.)
We call on Crookston Catholic officials to
--make this list more visible by putting it on the diocesan home page,
--keep it there permanently,
--post it in church bulletins periodically.
–disclose more about these child molesting clerics, especially their last known address,
--post their photos as well,
--personally visit every parish where they worked, begging victism, witnesses and whistleblowers to come forward to law enforcement
--investigate and punish any church empoloyee who ignored or concealed these clerics' crimes.
Wwe also urge them to use all of their resourcrse and political clout to help get Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul back to the US to face justice.
(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)