The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
MEDIA ADVISORY - June 24, 2004
Abuse Victims Hold Event to Urge U.S. Bishops To Discipline Their Colleagues; SNAP Wants Foreign Movement of Predator Priests On Bishops' Nov. Agenda
New Investigation Finds Molesting Clergy Still Go Overseas and Minister On The Run From The Law, 200 Abusive Priest Are Sent Elsewhere
SNAP fears dozens of men and women in this country may have been assaulted by some of these priests.
Specifically, SNAP wants the USCCB to publicly call on Catholics who experienced, witnessed, or suspected abuse by these fugitives to contact police. They also want the Bishops Conference to a) publicly censure any American bishops who helped enable molesters to avoid prosecution by fleeing, b) disinvite them from the Conference's fall meeting in Washington, c) make sure none of them hold offices or chair committees in the Conference, and d) discuss the topic at their November 2004 meeting in Washington.
Finally, despite obstacles inherent in international prosecution, SNAP wants law enforcement to vigorously pursue these molesters. It is urging anyone with information about their crimes to contact police.
Yesterday, SNAP held similar news conferences in New York City and San Francisco, where the world's third largest religious order, the Salesians, are based. SNAP urged Catholics to NOT donate to the Salesians because of their track record of covering up. Bishops in those cities were urged to aggressively reach out to anyone who experienced, witnessed or suspected crimes by Salesian clerics.
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