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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims blast MO Supreme Court
And they chastise Missouri Catholic officials
New decision creates discrimination, group says
US bishops 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 legislators to “go back to the drawing board” & re-do stricken laws
They will also prod
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.
SNAP believes it’s immoral for Catholic officials 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.” (The defendant in the most recent case is the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese.) Such legal maneuvers by Catholic bishops 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.
SNAP wants Missouri legislators to “go back to the drawing board” and re-draft some of the statutes which the Supreme Court has overturned.
According to the American Bar Association, Wisconsin and Missouri are the only states “in which courts have shielded religious organizations from such lawsuits. They have given First Amendment free-exercise-clause protections to internal decision-making in dealing with clergy accused of sexual abuse.” http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/collaring_the_clergy/
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests