The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Clergy sex abuse victims reach out
They urge others hurt by alleged predator to come forward, get help
Group blasts Catholic church hierarchy for not reporting case to police
SNAP will hand out suggestions to parishioners before meeting by accused priest
The victims will also
Officials say that its possible the priest could be criminally prosecuted.
SNAP believes accused priests should defend themselves without attacking their accusers and that parishioners should support alleged predators privately, not publicly. Theyll hand out a two page flier with 21 suggestions on the appropriate ways church members should respond when a cleric is accused of child molestation. The group is upset that a few parishioners are mounting a petition drive backing Joseph.
SNAP wants the diocese to urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered the clerics crimes to call police officials, not church officials (using the diocesan website, newspaper, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements).
To prevent Joseph from fleeing the US (as dozens of accused predator priests have), SNAP wrote Venice Bishop Frank Dewane, urging him to make Joseph turn over his passport. Dewane hasnt responded.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests