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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Abuse Victims to Leaflet Parish Where Accused Cleric Will Work
When Parishioners Asked Questions, Archdiocese Told Them to "Keep Quiet"
Cleric Named In At Least One Lawsuit, Settlement,
Yet Church Officials Put An Ad In Local Paper Defending Priest
Where Are The Promises Of Transparency, SNAP Asks
Let's Protect Kids, Not Predators, They Say
Martini has also been listed as an accused priest in Cardinal Mahony's Report to the People of God, as well as numerous press reports and court documents. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/usccb/natureandscope/dioceses/reports/losangelesca-rpt-list.pdf
When parishioners found about about Martini's assignment, they took their concerns to church officials, who told them to "keep quiet." In addition, officials claim that Martini was "exonerated," even though there was no police investigation and Archdiocese officials refuse to release secret personnel files about Martini's past.
After an article about Martini appeared in the April 8 edition of The Signal, Archdiocese officials placed an ad in the paper, defending the priest.
As best SNAP can tell, there has been no outreach to potential victims, and out of options, parishioners reached out to SNAP for help in addressing the problem.
SNAP believes that these actions are reckless, dangerous and in direct defiance to the Archdiocese's own promises of transparency and pastoralism.
"The Archdiocese is telling parishioners that their kids' safety if far less important than the reputation of a priest who has been credibly accused in a court of law, found liable and who was the subject of a substantial settlement," said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director. "And then, when parishioners research the cleric, they are told to shut up, while church officials spend thousands more dollars to protect the cleric's reputation. It's appalling."
The group hopes that the leafleting will empower parishioners to question church leaders who insist on dumping accused clerics in their parishes.
"Cardinal Mahony and his team do not care about children's safety," Casteix said. "We will do everything we can to help the parishioners, who want nothing more than a safe church. That should not be too much to ask. But apparently, for Cardinal Mahony, it is."
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests