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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims blast Charlotte Catholic officials
Diocese stays silent about “scandalous” lawsuit filed months ago
It says two priests molested a boy in Asheville, while a third man watched
Bishop should help “aggressively” determine whether charges are true or not
And if true, church officials should “reach out and help” others who may have been hurt
When the suit was filed, Charlotte diocesan spokesman said there would be no comment since church staff allegedly hadn’t yet seen the lawsuit. Now, after three months of essentially nothing but silence, SNAP wants Charlotte’s bishop to publicly address the lawsuit and use his diocesan website, parish bulletins, weekly newspaper and dozens of employees to aggressively reach out and help determine whether the allegations are true and, if so, find and help others who may have been hurt by the predators. The group wants the bishop to personally visit the
Some of the crimes allegedly happened in the 1970s at the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, where Pechulis was pastor at the time.
McCole is now retired and Pechulis died in 1983. The alleged victim is represented by Philadelphia attorney Jay Abramowich, who has handled dozens of cases against pedophile priests. Defendants include the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the diocese of Charlotte, and McCole.
SNAP believes that Charlotte Catholic officials have made little or no real efforts to find and help those who have been sexually assaulted by clerics - whether priests, nuns, seminarians, brothers or lay employees. The self-help group also strongly feels that Charlotte's bishop has not honored his pledges to be 'open and transparent' in child sex abuse and cover up cases.
Roughly 15 Catholic bishops across the country have posted on their websites a list of the proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. SNAP has asked Charlotte church officials to do likewise. But their request has been ignored. Meanwhile, the diocese continues to face legal action for clergy misconduct.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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