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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
More than 250 Chicago parishes had accused priests
That’s almost 60% of all Catholic churches in the area
Five year study of clerical work histories shows stunning results
New data prove that many were sent to lower income communities
Volunteers painstakingly compiling 97 alleged predators’ assignment records
Groups want parents to ask loved ones “Did any of these clerics ever hurt you?”
The victims and Catholics will urge current and former church members to ask their relatives and friends if they were sexually violated by clergy and, if so, to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect children and start healing.
WHERE: At the Hotel Palomar, 505 North State Street, in downtown Chicago
For years, attorneys who represent African American victims have argued that the archdiocese discriminates against their clients and “dumps” a disproportionate percentage of predators in African American neighborhoods.
Two parishes have had five accused priests (St. Leonard in Berwyn and St. Aloysius in Chicago). Six have had four accused priests (Holy Innocents in Chicago, St. Christina in Chicago, St. Eulalia in Maywood, St. John Vianney in Northlake, St. Thomas of Villanova in Palatine, and Resurrection Life Center in Chicago).
There are only a handful of dioceses in the world whose accused priests’ assignment histories have been compiled and analyzed in this way. They include Los Angeles CA, Rockville Centre NY and Davenport IA.
Some of the analysis of the data was provided by BishopAccountability.org.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests