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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims want church's help with predator
They urge SF archdiocese to lobby Obama and Schwarzenegger
Pedophile priest who's behind bars and pled guilty is seeking pardons
SNAP opposes the move and wants archbishop to take cleric's passport
Self help group also wants local Catholic officials to house child molesting clergy together
SNAP to archdiocese: For public safety, "put predator priests" in secure, remote treatment facility
The Manila's Public Attorney's Office has already tried to help Superiaso get freed early. SNAP wants the San Francisco church hierarchy to write Philippine government authorities and ask them to not interfere or intervene in the US criminal process and stop trying to win Superiaso's early release.
Often, in such cases, bishops quietly try to get imprisoned pedophile priests freed quickly and quietly. Other times, bishops sit passively back while others advocate for the priest's freedom. SNAP, however, wants SF Catholic officials to actively work with them to keep Superiaso jailed for his full sentence, so that kids will be safer.
Superiaso was also a priest at Our Lady of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Belmont and at Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Half Moon Bay. He is eligible for parole until 2013 though SNAP fears he may try to get out sooner for "good behavior."
Superiaso was ordained in the Philippines and came to the US in 1989. In 1998, he was sent to work on a Native American reservation in Santa Fe Archdiocese. That's where he repeatedly molested the girl between 1994-1995.
A few bishops (including St. Louis and Philadelphia) house and monitor their dangerous and potentially dangerous child molesting clerics. While dozens of pedophile priests have died or are imprisoned, SNAP believes most of them, in the Bay Area and across the country, walk free, live independently, and get little/inadequate church supervision. In recent years, at least 20 have been caught committing other crimes even after having been outed for sexual abuse.
Bishops recruit, educate, ordain, hire, supervise, transfer, shield, and defend priests, some of whom molest kids. So SNAP feels church officials have a moral and civic duty to do more than merely suspend them. The archdiocese should, SNAP believes, centrally house and oversee them in remote, secure, widely publicized and professionally-run centers. This ensures that the predators get treatment and that kids are protected.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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