For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Shame on every single employee of St. Francis Prep School and the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. They’re using junk yard dog lawyers to force a child sex abuse victim to publicly reveal her identity.
For decades, Catholic officials have deliberately used inexcusable and mean-spirited tactics to intimidate victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into staying silent about clergy sex crimes and cover ups. But there’s no more inexcusable and mean-spirited tactic than this one – insisting that a victim of a heinous, invasive and devastating child sex crime disclose her name.
Shame on every Catholic official involved. Every single church or school employee who doesn’t publicly denounce this viciousness basically condones it and should be ashamed of himself or herself.
We admire Felicia Mooradian and two others – Mark Evangelista and Elizabeth Cucinotta Sorvillo - who are bravely exposing clergy sex crimes and cover ups. We commend them for their courage. We are glad they realize that they have nothing to be ashamed of and have done nothing wrong. The shame here, and there’s plenty of it, belongs to current and former St. Francis Prep School employees who saw, suspected or knew about Br. Ben O’Reilly’s crimes and ignored or conceal them and who keep quiet about this stunningly callous and hurtful legal assault on the privacy of a child sex crime victim.
The sexual abuse of vulnerable people by church leaders, according to former priest and Catholic Historian, Rev. Tom Doyle ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwgJn5qikpY ), “…has been a serious issue for centuries. The whole thing [clergy sex abuse incidents] went underground, like a nuclear submarine, in the mid-nineteenth century, and stayed a deep-dark secret – and surfaced again in 1984. There have always been, though, incidences of dysfunctional priests preying on women, on children, on women on men.”
Americans United For Safer Religions’ “SafeWorship Registry” helps society capitalize off our history by putting social safety measures into place that prevent us from reliving the same painful religious episodes from our past. Without your help to launch our 1st-years operational objectives, though, it will not happen and children will go on being abused by trusted pastors and priests. Please support A.U.F.S.R.‘s “SafeWorship Registry” Initiative now. There’s only six more days left on our launching campaign and we still have a long way to go to reach our goal.