RI- Case against scandal-ridden Catholic group goes forward
For immediate release: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
We are grateful that a lawsuit against the scandal-ridden Catholic Legion of Christ will move ahead.
In thousands of cases involving sexual or financial misdeeds, church officials have successfully exploited their status as religious figures to evade justice. That injustice and special treatment must end if more adults and children are to be protected from predatory priests, whether motivated by sheer greed or sexual compulsions.
If Legion officials stole nothing and misled no one, they shouldn't fear this lawsuit. We strongly suspect, however, that this is not the case. And we hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered any misconduct by any Legion official will come forward and expose wrongdoing.
(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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, email@example.com)