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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims & Catholics want “thorough” lists of offenders
Two MA Catholic bishops have promised to release names soon
For "public safety & education," groups push for "broad” disclosure
Dioceses should include abusive nuns, bishops, seminarians & lay workers, they say
And they want bishops to avoid "arbitrary distinctions" & list religious order offenders too
It’s good for healing, groups feel, that bishops also name credibly accused clerics who are deceased
The group will also prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes in Massachusetts to speak up, call police, get help, protect others, expose offenders, and start healing.
(IN BOSTON, they will also announce that some 220 Boston priests have been accused of abuse. AND IN SPRINGFIELD, they will give out copies of a never-disclosed email from the diocesan lawyer revealing the number of credibly accused clerics there.)
WHEN: Thursday, June 24
At 1:00 p.m. in Boston: Outside Holy Cross Cathedral in the south end, 1400 Washington Street
At 1:00 p.m. in Fall River: Outside the Catholic bishop’s office, 47 Underwood
At 1:00 p.m. in Worcester: Outside the Catholic Diocese HQ (chancery), 49 Elm Street
In recent months, bishops in Boston and Springfield have both said they will release such lists.
Based on experience, both SNAP and BishopAccountabilty.org fear that the lists will be incomplete. They are pushing the Boston and Springfield prelates to include ALL credibly accused clerics - living and dead, diocesan and religious order, those ordained here and those ordained elsewhere, and those in all religious positions (deacons, brothers, nuns, bishops, seminarians and lay workers). The groups want the names permanently posted on the diocesan websites and included periodically in each of the hundreds of weekly parish bulletins given out at mass. The information should include the cleric’s seminary background, assignment history, and current status, and be regularly updated to include newly accused individuals.
Bishops in the Fall River and Worcester (the other two Massachusetts Catholic dioceses) have not recently addressed the issue of such disclosures.
According to BishopAccountability.org, here are the numbers of publicly accused clerics in each of the four dioceses: Boston-205, Springfield-47, Fall River-30 and Worcester-40. The group notes that the actual number of alleged offenders is likely significantly higher in each diocese, because BA.org lists only those clerics against whom allegations have been lodge in the public domain – in civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution or news accounts.
In 2002, Baltimore became the first US diocese to disclose names. A good current example is the Philadelphia archdiocese: http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm.) Here is a list of all the dioceses that have disclosed names: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm
Fall River: Anne Barrett Doyle, BishopAccountability.org Co-Director 781-439-5208
Worcester: Suzy Nauman, BishopAccountability.org Researcher 781-266-6353
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests