The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
New records show that a predator priest worked here
Public records released in Memphis show extent of his abuse and the cover-up
But Knoxville church officials have kept silent about him for years
Court and newspaper have disclosed 10,000 pages proving complicity & cover-up
SNAP will discuss the "Dangerous 11" predator priests who cover East Tennessee
Local support group seeks others hurt by child molesting clerics in all faith groups
- beg anyone with info about another predator priests to warn authorities and get support from SNAP
They will also urge the church hierarchy to
They will also prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by predator priests to call law enforcement officials, not church officials.
List of newspaper articles can be found at www.rememberthesurvivors.com
SNAP will urge Knoxville’s bishop to ‘come clean’ about Emala and anyone else who was or is on the church payroll who may have assaulted children. According to BishopAccountability.org, “the first allegation of sexual abuse by Emala arose in 1975 and his faculties to perform ministry were removed. Since that time, a number of individuals have alleged sexual abuse by him from 1970s-1980s. Name appears on 9/02 list of priests and brothers associated with the Baltimore Archdiocese who have been accused of child sexual abuse.”
The group will also prod East Tennessee church officials to honor their promises to be “open and transparent” in clergy sex cases by disclosing, and permanently posting on their diocesan website, the names, photos and whereabouts of every proven, admitted, and credibly accused cleric who lives or lived in this area. SNAP is particularly worried about the status and location of Father Steve LaPrad who was removed from ministry and deemed “credibly accused” by the Knoxville Diocese several years ago. (They’ve kept quiet about him ever since.)
As best SNAP can tell, neither LaPrad nor Emala were ever defrocked.
SNAP will also discuss allegations that Pope Benedict should do more to protect kids and criticize top Catholic staffers across the globe who are rallying to the pontiff’s defense and, in the process, discouraging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from stepping forward, exposing predators, protecting children, and starting to heal.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests