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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Abuse victims to leaflet outside parish
They blast bishops for “ignoring" predator priests
Group wants church officials to “house pedophiles”
It’s irresponsible, they say, to let child molesting clerics live alone
Victims also try to find others who were hurt by a twice-convicted DC priest
He was discovered this week living in government-funded housing in Maine
The victims will also beg
SNAP believes Catholic officials can and should do more to supervise the pedophile priests they recruit, educate, ordain, hire, and often protect and quietly transfer. When clergy sex crimes and cover ups are uncovered, it’s immoral, SNAP believes, for bishops to suddenly ‘cut and run,’ and feign powerlessness.
For the safety of kids, SNAP wants DC area bishops to put their predator priests together in a secure, remote, independently-run treatment center where their movements can be restricted and monitored. )Since priests have pledged to obey their bishops and bishops provide most predator priests with salaries, health insurance and other benefits, bishops can order pedophile priests to live in supervised settings.)
Until this happens, the victims want bishops to hire trained professionals who will make unannounced home visits to pedophile priests and monitor them. And SNAP wants bishops to permanently post the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests on church websites.
(Roughly 24 US bishops have posted on church websites pedophile priests’ names. Parents, parishioners and the public need easy access to that information, SNAP says, so they can safeguard their children.)
Finally, SNAP also feels bishops can and should also do much more to urge victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police and prosecutors. Bishops should personally go to each parish where pedophile priests have worked, SNAP says, and emphatically beg anyone with information about the crimes to contact law enforcement.
The recently-discovered former DC predator priest living in Maine is Fr. Walter Dayton Salisbury.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests