The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims want 3 panels disbanded
Each “stays silent” while bishops “act recklessly” with kids’ safety
“Hand-picked” Catholics let two credibly accused clerics stay near kids
Boards should be elected by parishioners, SNAP feels, not named by bishops
Self help group urges church-goers in two dioceses to “donate elsewhere” for now
SNAP says 2 “proven predators” are in church jobs around children and should be suspended
They will also
On Friday, National Public Radio reported that a member of the LA archdiocesan abuse panel, a retired judge named Richard Byrne, admitted that the panel “heard dozens of cases of alleged abuse” but “never once recommended that the archdiocese report any of the allegations to the police." The board never recommended “that the archdiocese alert the parishes when a priest was accused of abusing a child, even though that was church policy,” according to NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126217733
And two weeks ago, NPR also disclosed that a priest deemed guilty of child sex abuse by a Fresno jury, Fr. Eric Swearingen, is still in active parish ministry there. According to NPR, “In 2006, the jury found 9 to 3 that Swearingen had abused Rocha,” but Fresno Bishop John Steinbock “thought the jury got it wrong.” http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125420225&ps=cprs
In each of t hese three dioceses, SNAP believes the bishops’ hand-picked abuse panels are being derelict in their duties and putting kids in harm’s way. SNAP feels the current boards should be disbanded and replaced with panels that are elected by parishioners, so they will be less beholden to individual bishops and more committed to children’s safety.
SNAP is also asking parishioners in the Fresno and Santa Rosa dioceses to stop donating to the church and give instead to groups that help kids, not one that endangers kids.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests