The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Clergy sex abuse victims prod ‘whistleblowers’
They beg employees of secretive Catholic group to speak up
Last week, news surfaced that its founder, a priest, fathered a child
Self help group urges church insiders to help stop & expose corruption
SNAP repeats its call for 'independent' probe into cult-like religious order'
Just last week, news surfaced that the prominent priest who founded the group fathered a child out-of-wedlock. Earlier, he was punished for molesting boys.
SNAP believes other key personnel in the Legion have either engaged in sexual misconduct or helped conceal Maciels misdeeds. The group is urging current and former Legion staff and members to search their consciences, break their silence and call law enforcement. The group also believes that the currenet hierarchy of the Legion should use its vast communications resources to aggressively seek out and offer help to those who have been sexually exploited by Legion clerics.
In 2006, Maciel, was ordered by the Vatican to suspend his public ministry and live a life of prayer and reflection. Top church officials admit that between 20 and 100 men report having been sexually assaulted by him as kids and young seminarians. Hes also been accused of illegal drug use. Maciel, who died in January 2008, was very close to Pope John Paul II.
Last week, SNAP called for an independent investigation into all the charges Maciels child sex crimes as well as his affair and parenthood.
(SNAP is also holding a 1:30 news conference today at Fairfield University regarding a different predator priest.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests