Rome--Another meaningless church panel
For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 4
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
Yet another church abuse panel is holding yet another meeting. Such panels have met at varying levels in the church for decades the results: extraordinarily little progress.
More than thirty years ago, the first US pedophile priest made national headlines. We fear thirty years from now there will still be more meaningless meetings by church officials making promises instead of calling the police. Church officials refuse to take the easiest and quickest abuse prevention step: firing clerics who conceal abuse. Until this happens, the meetings, talks, pledges, and all the rest will amount to no more than public relations.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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)