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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims appeal to Pope
"Oust 2 proven predators who are now overseas," they say
One child molesting cleric assaulted a boy in Holliston MA
But now, despite conviction, he still works in Catholic church
Group reacts to stunning new AP report about 30 predator priests
SNAP wants pedophiles housed securely & listed on international church data base
They will also
One of the clerics is Fr. Mario Pezzotti, who was accused of sexually assaulting a boy at a now-closed Holliston, Mass., boarding school run by his Xaverian religious order. Allegations against him surfaced in early 1993, but Pezzotti had already been sent to a remote area of Brazil's Amazon to work as a missionary. In 2008, facing public pressure, Catholic officials moved Pezzotti again, this time to Italy where he works now.
A Springfield area man was molested by a different Xaverian cleric, Fr. James Tully, and has publicly spoken of the abuse and “outed” Tully. IN 2008, he tracked down Tully in New Jersey and leafleted the neighborhood where Tully now lives, near the Xavarian headquarters.
To protect children, SNAP members want Catholic officials to 1) publicly identify predators like Pezzotti and Tully as “credibly accused” and ousted from ministry/the priesthood, 2) set up a public, international, on-line registry of predator priests across the globe, and 3) house predator priests in professionally-run facilities so that the offenders can get treatment and kids can be safer.
SNAP wants Massachusetts’ bishops to push the Pope for these reforms.
With the registry, parents, neighbors and employers could quickly and easily learn who and where the predators are and thus keep children away from them. About US 20 bishops have done this. Springfield’s bishop has not.
In a 1993 handwritten note of apology from Pezzotti to one of his victims, the priest admitted passing "through a rather difficult moment" in the 1960s, and said he "asked to leave Holliston (MA) and to go to Brazil to change my life." SNAP, however, is skeptical of this alleged ‘transformation.’
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests