The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Self help group blasts diocese's spending & tactics
It wants bishop to guarantee continued therapy payments for victims
While ‘feigning poverty,’ church pays benefits to offending priests & PR firms
“Do for the wounded what you’ve already done for the predators,” SNAP says
Victims urge Catholics to “donate elsewhere” til Chapter 11 process is resolved
- Blast the Wilmington Bishop for ‘crying poor’ while spending money on costly PR firms, treatment of pedophile priests and underhanded legal tactics,
Why: Earlier this year, the Wilmington Catholic diocese sought bankruptcy protection to avoid more than 150 child sex abuse trials. But recently, documents have revealed that church officials are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on expensive PR firms, treatment for offending priests, and legal tactics to keep documents and hearings secret. http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20091128/NEWS01/911280348/AP-wants-priest-abuse-settlement-details
And recently, Wilmington’s bishop asked a judge to guarantee continued payments to child molesting clergy. At a bare minimum, SNAP wants the bishop to take similar legal action to guarantee continued therapy for victims of those predator priests.
On Tuesday, December 1, a judge will hold a public hearing at which creditors - including victims of clergy sex crimes - will be able to ask direct questions of diocesan Vicar General Msgr J. Thomas Cini. (A similar hearing in the Diocese of San Diego bankruptcy was a disaster for its bishop, who was unable to answer questions about the care and counseling of the more than 150 victims in that diocese). http://www.votfbpt.org/God_Inc_San_Diego.pdf
Victims and their supporters are blasting the Diocese for using "scorched earth" legal tactics. "They are spending money like crazy to protect themselves from exposing the truth about abuse," said Judy Miller, SNAP Delaware Director. "They have their own newspapers and a rapt audience every Sunday, yet they spend more than $100,000 on a PR firm. Telling the truth is free." The diocese is also spending thousands on the care of offending priests.
Finally, they are asking Catholics to withhold all donations to the diocese until the bankruptcy is resolved, and donate instead to other charities that help children, not child molesters.
Tuesday's public hearing will be at 10 am at the Doubletree Hotel, 700 King Street, Wilmington.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests