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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims & advocates to Boston's Cardinal: "Stay home"
They release minutes of chancery meeting showing concern “for PR over safety”
And church child sex investigation process need "a total revamping," groups say
O'Malley soon heads to Ireland; groups want him to "stay put & protect Boston kids"
They also push him to honor his pledge, made 20 months ago, to post predators' names
Obscure, internal documents show Cardinal will release just 155 names instead of 200+
They will urge the Cardinal to
And minutes from archdiocesan meetings show a preoccupation by top church staff with public relations with little or no mention of public safety or child protection. (Copies of the minutes will be provided)
For the safety of children, BishopAccountability.org and SNAP want the full list of names disclosed now.
Twice in recent weeks, controversy has surrounded accused predator priests from Boston. In one case, a twice-accused priest has been restored to parish ministry, even though one of his accusers was not allowed to testify before the church’s abuse panel. And in another case, a priest declared innocent by the archdiocese in 2007, despite two earlier abuse reports, had to be removed from a parish again after a third victim came forward.
SNAP and BishopAccountability.org say these facts prove that the archdiocesan abuse practices need a complete overhaul.
“The two recent cases are consistent with O’Malley’s pattern of recklessly disregarding a large percentage of allegations and reinstating priests despite troubling evidence,” said Ann Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability.org
O’Malley refuses to admit or disclose the names of accused priests even in the parishes that have been most hurt. This weekend, he will be at St. Patrick's parish in Stoneham and said a special mass there last Sunday. No parish in the country has had more publicly accused predator priests than St. Patrick's. (There are eight of them: Richard T. Coughlin, John J. White, Paul R. Shanley, Ernest Justin Hill, James Porter, Daniel Graham, Paul J. Moriarty, and Jon C. Martin.) But there's no one admission of this anywhere – on the archdiocesan website, St. Pat's web site or in any written or verbal comments by O’Malley.
In 2006, O'Malley visited St. Pat's but he never named even one abuser who had worked there.
Soon O’Malley is slated to travel to Ireland to work with bishops there about the growing clergy abuse crisis in that nation. BishopAccountability.org and SNAP want O’Malley to stay put until he releases the names of Boston area predator priests.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests