The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims and supporters urge Catholics to prod bishop to explain his track record on abuse
Clergy sex abuse victims and supporters pass out flyers after mass
They urge Catholics to prod bishop to explain his track record on abuse
Self help group also announces details of their 'town hall meeting' next month
A 2005 Philadelphia grand jury report harshly criticized Cistone's role in the archdiocesan cover up of alleged child sexual abuse by 63 priests. According to the Philadelphia Enquirer, the three year probe concluded that
It also concluded that top Philadelphia church officials "excused and enabled the abuse."
Cistone has said 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. The organization wants Cistone to participate in the public forum, with a question and answer session, giving parishioners a chance to hear directly from Cistone about these specific charges.
The flyer will ask parishioners to call Cistone and urge him to participate in the meeting. It will also announce the details of the event to be held next month and invite parishioners and the public to attend.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests