The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims urge Pope to set up data base of predator priests
They say pontiff must take “real steps” not “symbolic ones,” to help
“That’s the only way kids will be safer,” UK & US organizations say
They prod UK Catholic hierarchy to help with upcoming criminal trial
Child molesting cleric hurt kids in two countries soon faces prosecution
WHAT: Exactly one week before Pope Benedict arrives in the UK, clergy sex abuse victims will prod
--the pontiff to set up a world-wide data base of child molesting clerics,
Since pledging on June 11, 2010 to “do everything possible” to stop future clergy sex crimes, the Pope has taken only “tiny, begrudging, and belated steps” to protect the vulnerable, SNAP feels.
SNAP will also urge all UK church staff to use their “considerable resources” to reach out to anyone with information about alleged child sex crimes and cover ups involving Fr. Richard John James Robinson. He is charged with repeatedly sexually violating at least five boys (between 11 and 15 year old) between 1959 and 1983 and faces a criminal trial in England on Oct. 4.
Specifically, victims are asking UK bishops to use their diocesan and parish websites and bulletins to beg victims and witnesses to contact law enforcement. Each bishop, the victims maintain, has a moral and civic duty to report clergy sex crimes and suspicions immediately to secular authorities AND aggressively seek out others with knowledge of the accusations and urge them to call law enforcement as well.
From 1993-96, Robinson worked in five different Los Angeles area parishes, where he is also accused of molesting kids. In 2008, a BBC film crew tracked down Robinson in a California trailer court and confronted him on camera with two of his victims. In 2009, he was extradited back to England.
SNAP believes there are hundreds of child molesting clerics like Robinson who have quietly or secretly been sent to different countries by church supervisors, some of whom are running from the law. In the years ahead, as citizens, Catholics and police become more vigilant about abuse, SNAP and NAPAC predict even more predator priests will be transferred overseas.
One of Robinson’s US victims is represented by Newport Beach CA attorney John Manly (949 252 9990, JManly@manlystewart.com).
(On Sept. 12, members of SNAP will hand out fliers to mass-goers outside a London church. For details, please check SNAP’s website – SNAPnetwork.org - on Friday afternoon Sep 10.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests