The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims blast Cardinal over new document
Deposition on Friday shows his "most shocking deceit yet"
Group urges other church staff to become "whistleblowers"
In 2000, Mahony ordered a top aide to NOT tell cops about admitted molester
LA Catholics deserve a prompt explanation from the Cardinal himself, SNAP says
Victims to Catholics: "Read deposition of archdiocesan insider & see deceit for yourselves"
They will also make a strong public appeal:
In 1986, Msgr. Michael Baker personally told Mahony that he was a child molester. Baker was sent to other parishes where he allegedly molested more children. Parishes and communities were not informed of the danger.
In a sworn deposition on Tuesday, top Mahony aide Msgr. Richard Loomis said he told Mahony in 2000 that police and parishioners would have to be told about Baker's admission and other allegations after two new victims of Baker had come forward to the Archdiocese. Instead, the Cardinal insisted that no one be told until Baker was defrocked.
Because of the gravity of the new charges, SNAP is calling on Mahony himself, not his PR or legal defense staff, to address them promptly and honestly.
In January 2006, Baker was arrested at LA International Airport after returning from a vacation in Thailand. In 2007, he was convicted of molesting two boys and is serving a 10-year prison sentence. (In 2002, Baker was also charged with 34 counts of sexually abusing other kids, but the charges were dismissed because of a US Supreme Court decision (the Stogner case). http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_024062452.html
Because of Loomis' revelations, and an on-going federal investigation into archdiocesan cover ups, SNAP wants current and former church employees to voluntarily disclose what they know about clergy crimes and misdeeds, instead of waiting for subpoenas and depositions. Given Mahony's lengthy tenure in LA, and the sheer number of predator priests, SNAP is convinced a number of archdiocesan staff have information that could help the US Attorney with his probe.
SNAP also hopes to persuade victims and Catholics who know of or suspect abuse to contact police, expose molesters and protect kids.
The new Loomis deposition, taken Tuesday by Newport Beach attorney John Manly (949-689-7895 cell), is available at the SNAP website: SNAPnetwork.org
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests