The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims blast MO Supreme Court
And they chastise St. Louis’ archbishop
New ruling creates discrimination, group says
Catholic officials ignore papal admonition to stop future abuse
New court ruling makes it “much tougher” for kids hurt in churches
SNAP: “Those molested in public institutions, however, have more rights”
Group challenges Carlson to “public discussion” of church legal tactics
They will also prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex to
The Court has ruled that lawsuits involving abuse in private settings can be based on negligence, while lawsuits involving abuse in religious settings must prove ill intent, a higher standard.
It’s the latest in a series of at least seven recent Missouri Supreme Court rulings (over the last three or four years) that have gone against child sex abuse victims, SNAP says. (A fact sheet listing these decisions will be provided at the news conference.)
SNAP believes it’s immoral for Archbishop Robert Carlson to “exploit legal technicalities” in child sex abuse lawsuits. The group feels he should fight accusers, if he so chooses, on the merits, not on legal “loopholes.”
Carlson’s legal maneuvers are especially galling, the group says, in light of the Pope’s pledge, just two weeks ago, to “do everything possible” to stop crimes by pedophile priests.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests