The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims beg bishop to not appeal ruling
It would open up thousand pages of long-secret church records
Documents could help Catholics learn which priests helped predators
Vlazny will ‘be tempted" to “spin,” delay, & appeal decision, victims fear
But "keeping secrets about pedophilia is morally wrong" group tells top church officials
SNAP also prods those who “enabled child sex crimes” to “come clean voluntarily” now
They’ll also urge
Judge Elizabeth Perris ruled that the documents could be made available in 30 days unless the accused priests or the archdiocese appealed.
Already, however, Vlazny’s spokesman says he's "reviewing his (legal) options," and SNAP strongly suspects that he will appeal the ruling or delay the disclosure. For the safety of kids and the healing of the church, SNAP is urging Vlazny to accept the ruling, and not try to overturn it, and let the documents surface. SNAP suspects the records will reveal the names of present and past church employees who knew or suspected abuse and ignored or hid it. The group wants Vlazny to prohibit his priests’ from appealing as well.
SNAP is also encouraging those individuals to publicly confess their wrongdoing now.
In public addresses, the Pope has said “it is important to establish the truth of what happened” regarding clergy sex crimes and that Catholics should “do everything possible” to heal the wounds caused by pedophile priests. Continued secrecy, legal hairsplitting and delays, SNAP believes, contradict the Pope’s stated wishes.
Oregon kids will be safer and Catholics will be reassured, SNAP's believes, "if Vlazny stops “exploiting every legal technicality and maneuver your lawyers can dream up, and start acting like a compassionate shepherd instead of a cold-hearted CEO, and let the truth emerge.”
A copy of the ruling is available at www.OandC.com. (click on the "read More" and at the bottom of the release is a link to the decision). Portland attorney Erin Olson represents the 22 victims who are pushing for the disclosure.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests