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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims urge bishops to set up data base of predator priests
They say church must take “real steps” not “symbolic ones,” to help
“That’s the only way kids will be safer,” US self-help organization says
They want to find others hurt by recently jailed child molesting Dublin cleric
They will also
Regardless of what the pontiff does, SNAP wants local bishops to do what 24 US bishops have done, and post the names and whereabouts of child molesting clerics who are/have been in Dublin and Belfast.
In 2002, Baltimore became the first US diocese to disclose names. A good current example is the Philadelphia archdiocese: http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm. Here is a list of all the dioceses that have disclosed names: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm
SNAP will also urge church staff to use their “considerable resources” to reach out to anyone with information about alleged child sex crimes and cover ups involving Fr. Eugene Lewis who was recently convicted of sexually abusing three young sisters. Lewis has been sentenced to four years for the eleven charges of assault between 1963 and 1973.
Specifically, victims are asking 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.
Lewis was ordained in 1958 and has also worked in Dublin and served on missions overseas.
SNAP believes there are hundreds of child molesting clerics like Lewis 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 predicts even more predator priests will be transferred overseas.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests