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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims leaflet outside Catholic event
They blast Vatican for its choice of new SF bishop
SNAP: ‘Rewarding’ long-time church insiders is wrong
It encourages more cover ups of child sex crimes, group says
Victims stress the need for continued vigilance in the SF archdiocese
They also urge church hierarchy do reach out to others hurt by Irish priest
The leaflets also urge church officials to
Two months ago, McElroy used his pulpit to defend Benedict’s abysmal record on abuse.
He will obviously be, SNAP feels, yet another bishop who rushes to judgment, defends the indefensible and curries favor with the church hierarchy (instead of focusing first on the protection of the vulnerable and healing of the wounded).
SNAP believes McElroy’s promotion should remind citizens and Catholics that it’s more important than ever to be vigilant, not complacent, about children’s safety in the San Francisco archdiocese.
SNAP is also asking the local Catholic hierarchy (in both SF and Oakland) to more aggressively reach out to those who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Fr. Patrick McCabe, who has quietly lived in the Bay Area for years and worked in the North Bay area and several nearby dioceses (Stockton, Santa Rosa, and Sacramento). On July 30th, he was taken into police custody on charges he molested six boys in his native Ireland from 1973 to 1981. McCabe is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County. Specifically, SNAP’s want bishops to personally visit each parish where McCabe worked and plead with victims and witnesses to contact law enforcement immediately.
In the last two weeks, at least two men who say they were molested by McCabe as kids have filed civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against the Santa Rosa diocese. (They are represented by Sacramento attorney Joseph C. George, PhD 916 442 7100.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests