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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Abuse victims to leaflet outside parish
They blast Peoria's bishop for "continuing secrecy"
Group urges Catholics to "demand openness" by church officials
“Donate elsewhere” they say, until hierarchy “protects kids, not predators”
SNAP also begs anyone who "saw, suspected suffered abuse" to come forward
The victims will prod anyone who has information about pedophile priests to call secular officials, not church officials.
SNAP believes the Jenky’s legal maneuver violates the US Bishops’ Conference official sex abuse policy, mandates “openness and transparency” in child sex cases.
The ruling comes in the case of Andrew Ward, who alleges that he was abused in 1995-96 by Monsignor Thomas Maloney when Ward attended Epiphany Grade School in Normal. Maloney is now deceased.
Ward is represented by St. Paul Minnesota attorney Jeff Anderson (612 817 8665 cell). Ward currently has a pending civil lawsuit charging that the Diocese of Peoria knew or should have known about Maloney’s dangerous propensities and prevented the abuse.
The documents include a deposition of Peoria’s former bishop John Myers, who now heads the Newark archdiocese. Although the records are to remain sealed for now, the judge has allowed Anderson to go through the documents and argue that at least some of them should be made public.
Still, SNAP believes that Peoria Bishop Jenky “continues the same, devastating and reckless practices that Catholic officials have engaged in for decades.” SNAP director David Clohessy argues that Jenky is “battling to prevent the truth from being exposed and potentially enable future child sex crimes by keeping secret about those who committed and concealed such horrors.”
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests