The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims blast NY Archdiocese
"Callous comments re-victimize" the wounded, organization says
SNAP: “Dolan’s claim that Egan “thoroughly investigated” abuse is “laughable”
Self help group wants church officials to “work harder to find others suffering in silence”
It urges Catholic hierarchy to list proven admitted & credibly accused predators on website
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will harshly
-- NYC’s current archbishop for callously and deceptively defending his predecessor yesterday, and
-- NYC’s former archbishop for
-- his severe mishandling of clergy sex cases in Connecticut and NY
-- his continuing lack of remorse for his cover ups and misdeeds, and
-- ignoring a victim’s 2005 report of child sexual abuse by a prominent NY Archdiocese priest who was hidden and eventually, but secretly, removed because of credible child sexual abuse accusations
They will also urge
-- NYC’s current Archbishop to post on the Archdiocesan website the names, photos and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics, and
-- anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups to call police, expose predators, protect others, get help, and start recovering.
TODAY, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1:00 p.m.
Outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets, in Manhattan
Two-three clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a Bridgeport diocese resident who was sexually abused by a NY Jesuit priest who worked for years at the NY Archdiocese Center for Spiritual Development
Yesterday, the NY Archdiocese again publicly defended now-retired Cardinal Edward Egan’s handling of dozens of clergy sex abuse and cover up cases in Connecticut, claiming that Egan “aggressively investigated” such reports. Newly disclosed church documents, SNAP says, disproves this hurtful “spin.”
In recent years, two high profile Jesuit predators worked and lived at Fordham in the Bronx. Two of them - Fr. Roy A. Drake and Fr. Eugene J. O’Brien – were never publicly exposed until one year ago, when a brave victim spoke publicly for the first time and released previously confidential church and legal records. This victim wrote to then- Cardinal Egan in 2005 about his sexual abuse and suffering. Egan never even responded to the victim’s report of sexual abuse at the hands of a NY Archdiocese priest. In addition, Egan hid O’Brien’s past and secret sexual abuse settlement with a former Fordham student when O’Brien was principal of Fairfield Prep in the Bridgeport Diocese, living and working among unsuspecting children.
Almost 20 Catholic bishops across the US have posted the names of predator priests on church websites. As a “bare minimum, first step” toward greater public safety, SNAP is urging Archbishop Timothy Dolan to do likewise immediately. The group is disappointed that he has thus far refused to provide this information to NY citizens and Catholics.
Rich Cerick of New Canaan CT 646 262 9847 cell
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director 314 566 9790 cell
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director 314 503 0003