Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Publicly Attacks Survivor Advocate

As a SNAP Leader in Philadelphia and one who works very closely with survivors of clergy sex abuse here in Pennsylvania, I am appalled at the remarks made on a social media platform of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference towards Ms. Carolyn Fortney. The comment lacked professionalism, public opinion etiquette, and good taste, as well the promoted Catholic principles. We stand in solidarity with Carolyn and all other survivors and advocates who have felt insulted or besmirched by the posting.

This remark demonstrates the continued disdain that Catholic lobbyist employees have for survivors fighting for justice and for their lives. No survivor should ever be treated with such disrespect, ever, especially after already suffering harm from the Church. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference should apologize publicly to Carolyn, and take formal disciplinary action on the person responsible. 

CONTACT: Michael McDonnell, SNAP Philadelphia (mcdo1268@gmail.com, 267-261-0578)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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  • David Tedjeske
    commented 2019-05-17 07:36:45 -0500
    The Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is Eric Failing (ironic last name). The phone number is 717-238-9613. We should call and let him know what we think.
  • Carolyn Fortney
    commented 2019-05-16 15:09:02 -0500
    Thank you Mike!!!
    When any one of us is attacked, it is an attack on the Army of Survivors! #SurvivorFamily♥️💪🏽🔑

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