NY--Archdiocese says abuse in the past, yet refuses to open secret files
For immediate release Thursday, December 14, 2017
The New York Archdiocese has known about the extent of child sex abuse in its boundaries for decades. It’s a shame that it’s taken until now for church officials to finally reach out to a small portion of victims who have suffered childhood sexual assault by members of the clergy.
Any step that helps victims on the path to healing should be applauded. We hope that the Archbishop Dolan will expand the program in 2018 to help those abused in the New York Archdiocese by religious order priests, nuns, brothers and lay employees. These groups also worked with NY children under the supervision of the Archbishop.
In a statement released yesterday the archdiocese claims “Fortunately, for the Catholic Church, such horrors are now mostly confined to the past.” We cannot know if this is true, because Cardinal Dolan will not release evidence of abuse contained in his secret sex abuse and cover-up files. Those files can only be accessed through the tried-and-true civil justice system and by changing the statutes of limitations of child sex abuse in Albany.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)