The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims challenge newly-installed bishop
“Come to town hall meeting & discuss criminal probe,” group urges
Grand jury blasted top Saginaw cleric for "complicity" in clergy sex crimes
"Your flock deserves straight answers, not ‘spin’ and excuses," self help group says
SNAP to bishop : “Tell people where predator priests now live, so children will be safer”
WHAT: After a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will try to hand deliver a letter to Saginaw's newly installed Catholic bishop, urging him to
The group will also disclose the date, time, and location of a town hall meeting they will hold to discuss the Philadelphia grand jury findings.
WHEN: Monday, August 31, 2 pm
WHERE: Outside the Saginaw Catholic diocese headquarters, 5800 Weiss in Saginaw
WHO: Four - six supporters and members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a Chicago woman who is the organization's founder
WHY: In June, SNAP held a press conference and hand delivered a letter to Saginaw’s controversial newly appointed bishop, Joseph Cistone. The group urged him to hold a town hall meeting in regards to a 2005 Philadelphia grand jury report, which concluded that
The report also concluded that top Philadelphia church officials "excused and enabled the abuse." Cistone has said, in 2005 and again earlier this year, that he believes "it would not serve any purpose to revisit the grand jury report."
SNAP disagrees and believes Catholics deserve (and victims need) Cistone and other church officials to publicly explain their "callousness, recklessness and deceit" if there's any chance for real healing.
Cistone has yet to provide any type of public forum to discuss these findings, so SNAP is organizing their own public forum and is inviting Cistone, and Catholics, to attend.
The group is also calling on Cistone to publicly disclose the whereabouts of two suspended Saginaw pedophile priests: Fr. Richard Szafranski (who was accused in 2006 of molesting a girl) and Fr. Leonard Wilkuski (who was put on leave in 2002 after admitting sexual misconduct).
SNAP wants Cistone to visit the parishes where the two predators worked, and personally urge victims and witnesses to come forward and call police.
CONTACT: Barbara Blaine SNAP President, 312 399 4747, Brad Sylvester Saginaw SNAP Leader, 989 450 6210, David Clohessy, SNAP National Director, 314 566 9790
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests