The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims hold town hall meeting
One more time, they invite new Saginaw bishop to come
He’s ignored their invitation & won’t discuss his “troubling history”
Top cleric was criticized by grand jury and prosecutors in Philadelphia
He’s accused of helping to conceal clergy sex crimes by predator priests
Concerned Michigan parishioners and the public are encouraged to attend
WHAT: At a “town hall meeting,” clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will discuss
WHEN: Sunday, October 25, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Four Points by Sheraton Ballroom (near Damon’s Grill), 4960 Towne Center, Saginaw MI
WHO: Presenters will include members of Protecting Michigan’s Children, members of SNAP- Saginaw (SNAPnetwork.org ), and a high profile Chicago woman and activist who founded SNAP
VISUALS: A press kit containing background material from the Philadelphia Grand Jury report will be available to press attending the event.
WHY: In June, SNAP publicly invited Saginaw's new bishop, Bishop Joseph Cistone, to hold an open meeting to let local Catholics and citizens hear directly from him about serious accusations that he ignored and concealed suspicions and knowledge of clergy sex crimes in Philadelphia. The allegations were made by a grand jury and prosecutors in a highly-publicized, lengthy 2005 report.
That report harshly criticized Cistone’s role in the cover up of alleged child sexual abuse by 63 priests. According to the Philadelphia Enquirer, the three year probe concluded that
The findings also concluded that top Philadelphia church officials, including Cistone, “excused and enabled the abuse.”
Cistone claims “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 change 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.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests