The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Court to hear arguments on pedophile priest case
The issue: whether to let victims' lawsuit proceed & let their experts be heard at trial.
Catholic bishop seeks to "exploit legal technicalities," group says.
Victims want trial because "parents and the public need & deserve to know the facts."
Clergy sex abuse support group urges other victims and witnesses to come forward.
The victims want a jury to hear from Fr. Tom Doyle, a well-known veteran priest, expert, canon lawyer and whistleblower who gave every US bishop a lengthy detailed warning decades ago about the impending clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis. He has testified in hundreds of similar cases across the country over the past 20 years, but local Catholic officials are arguing he shouldn't be allowed to participate as an expert witness in this case. Doyle, who now lives in the Washington, DC area, will attend the hearing and be challenged by the Diocese regarding his testimony. (A bio of Doyle is available at: http://www.richardsipe.com/doyle/doyle-bio.html.)
In light of the Diocese's current posture, just twelve years ago, one of the biggest verdicts in sexual abuse cases against the Catholic Church came down in Dallas County. It involved a serial predator named Fr. Rudy Kos.
For this very reason, SNAP believes it's immoral for bishops to act in court like cold-hearted CEOs, while pretending to be compassionate shepherds. The group believes bishops should defend their position and that of accused predator priests on the merits, not on technicalities.
The victims' attorney is Tahira Khan Merritt of Dallas (214.503.7300, firstname.lastname@example.org) who has represented dozens of men, women and children who have been assaulted, including many who were hurt by church employees.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests