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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Abuse victims to leaflet outside church event
They’re upset about controversial Catholic official
Inviting Los Angeles Cardinal “rubs salt” into wounds, they say
SNAP feels that “Honoring a disgraced prelate encourages wrong-doing”
Victims also want Stockton’s bishop to post names of predators on church websites
And they reach out to others who were hurt by Irish serial predator facing extradition
Self help group urges anyone who ‘saw suspected or suffered clergy crimes’ to call police
The victims will also beg
(On Friday, SNAP wrote Blaire urging him to rescind the invitation to Mahony. SNAP got no response.)
The group also believes Blaire should do what 24 other bishops have done, and post on his website the names, whereabouts and priestly status of child molesting clerics who are or have been in the diocese. (According to an independent Boston-based research organization, BishopAccountabilty.org, there are nine publicly accused Stockton diocesan child molesting clerics.)
SNAP notes that the actual number of alleged offender priests in Stockton is likely significantly higher because BishopAccountability.org lists only those clerics against whom allegations have been lodge in the public domain – in civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution or news accounts.
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
In August, Fr. Patrick Joseph McCabe was arrested in Alameda, CA for allegedly abusing six boys in Ireland. (According to an Irish government investigative report, McCabe also worked in the Stockton diocese.) In the last several weeks, four Eureka CA men have sued the church officials charging that McCabe molested them during the 1980s. He remains in custody and Irish authorities are trying to extradite him and put him on trial.
SNAP believes Blaire should use his “considerable resources” (diocesan staff, website, publications and parish bulletins) to aggressively seek out and help anyone else who may have been hurt by McCabe. The group also believes Blaire has a civic duty to help law enforcement by personally visiting churches where McCabe worked and begging anyone with information about his crimes to contact police.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests