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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims challenge 4 bishops
Each of them met with Ratzinger aide about priest who hurt deaf kids
That meeting, with conflicting accounts, is key source of criticism of Pope
SNAP: They have “a duty to disclose” who nixed defrocking of pedophiles
Support group to buy ads in diocesan newspapers to help “find & heal the wounded”
The victims will also announce they are trying to buy small ads in two diocesan newspapers to try to find and help others who were molested by the cleric.
-In Superior WI at 1:00 p.m. outside the Catholic diocese headquarters, 1201 Hughitt Ave. (corner of 12th)
-In Milwaukee WI at 11:00 a.m, outside Old Saint Mary’s Church, 836 North Broadway (the home parish of Bishop Richard Sklba)
Much of the recent public firestorm over the Pope’s mishandling of clergy sex abuse and cover up cases stems from disputes over that meeting. Papal defenders blame church officials for the fact that Murphy wasn’t permanently ousted from the priesthood and went on to molest even more kids after being suspended from a Milwaukee school. Others blame Ratzinger and his second-in-command (both then and now), Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
Records show that the American participants in the meeting included three bishops – Superior ’s Bishop Raphael Fliss, Milwaukee ’s Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Milwaukee ’s Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba – and one priest who now heads the Wichita diocese, Bishop Michael Jackels (who was a translator at the meeting.)
Weakland has given one interview about the process, but the others have remained silent, while dozens of other top Catholic officials (none of whom were present) have vehemently rallied around the increasingly embattled Pope.
SNAP wants all of the bishops to “come clean” and help clarify the situation. It wants the Wisconsin prelates to work harder to find and support other Murphy victims. And it will try to buy small ads in two Wisconsin diocesan newspapers urging those who were hurt by Murphy to come forward and get help.
Two of Wisconsin prelates who attended the meeting are now retired (Fliss and Weakland). The other two - Jackels and Sklba, are still working for the church.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests