The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims and advocates blast bishop
Bridgeport prelate keeps accused priests in ministry
Church paid $40,000 yet claims allegations aren’t ‘credible’
Groups urge Lori to disclose records of parish that had 8 predators
He should also stop hiding hundreds of pages of records, SNAP & VOTF say
Diocese should also investigate and discipline staffers who concealed crimes, they say
They will also urge the bishop to
Last Friday’s Connecticut Post disclosed that another man had also reported to church officials that Genuario had molested him too. http://www.connpost.com/ci_13979070
Despite this, Bridgeport Bishop William Lori never suspended either cleric, kept silent about the allegations and the payoffs, and lets both men work in the diocese today. In a statement last Friday, Lori said “Neither has been the subject of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.” (Then why, SNAP and VOTF ask, quietly pay the accusers $40,000?)
And despite a 2002 allegedly binding national church sex abuse policy mandating “openness” in clergy sex cases, Lori is withholding 1,488 documents he determined at the last minute were ‘privileged.’ He’s also in court on a separate case trying to keep secret 126 boxes of records about 8 alleged predator priests who worked at St. Theresa’s parish in Trumbull. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/26/nyregion/26abuse.html.
SNAP and VOTF want Lori to 1) suspend both priests, pending a thorough investigation, 2) fully explain why he kept secret about the allegations and why he recklessly lets both accused clerics keep working, 3) name and discipline any staffers who ignored or concealed clergy sex crimes, and 4) stop his expensive legal battles to hide records about predator priests, so that kids will be safer, victims can recover, and Catholics can know the truth.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests