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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Catholics & victims to leaflet outside church
New data shows parish had 4 alleged predator priests
It’s one of the “hardest hit” Chicago Catholic parishes
Groups urge anyone who “saw, suspected or suffered” crimes to get help
They urge parents to ask loved ones “Did any of these clerics ever hurt you?”
Parishioners are urged to push Cardinal George to be more open about pedophiles
The event happens just weeks after a new study showed that 256 of the Chicago archdiocese’s roughly 400 parishes have, at one time, had an accused pedophile priest working there.
WHEN: Sunday, Dec 5, 10:30 a.m.
Still, however, VOTF and SNAP worry that others who attended St. Thomas may have been hurt by these clerics and may still be suffering in shame, silence and self-blame. The groups want church officials and members to aggressively seek out anyone who may have been assaulted, urge them to contact police, and offer them help. Parish and archdiocesan staff should, SNAP and VOTF say, use parish bulletins and websites and pulpit announcements to reach out to victims and prod them to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect children and start healing.
Because Chicago archdiocesan officials have been less-than-forthcoming about child molesting clerics, volunteers from VOTF and SNAP spent hours and hours over five years researching and compiling thorough assignment records on nearly100 admitted, proven and accused predator priests. They used two primary sources: the Official Catholic Directory (which is essentially a church-sponsored annual ‘yearbook’ of priests and a Boston-based research group called BishopAccountability.org.
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.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests