The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims blast new church plan
“A truck can fit through loopholes,” they say
They also release startling new abuse figures
Group discloses list of diocesan parishes affected by abuse
At one point, almost 20% of active priests here were accused
And roughly 80% of all parishes had at least one alleged predator
SNAP: “No other diocese in the world has such a high percentage of offenders”
It begs those who saw, suspected or suffered clergy crimes to “speak up & protect others”
They will also unveil a list of all parishes ranked by number of predators who were assigned at each, giving each priest’s name and years he worked at each church.
WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Outside diocesan headquarters (“chancery office”) 1925 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, (302 573 3118)
WHO: 3-5 members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a California woman who is the organization’s western regional director and a Delaware woman who heads the organization’s local chapter
The group will also release new information showing that almost 20% of the priests actively working in the diocese were, at one time, accused child molesters.
Late last month, SNAP disclosed data showing that 80% of the parishes in Delaware have had accused predator priests working at them. It’s the highest documented percentage anywhere in the world, the group says. (St. Francis de Sales in Salisbury, Md. had nine and Holy Cross in Dover, Del. had eight.)
Sources for the new numbers include the Official Catholic Directory, BishopAccountability.org, the Wilmington diocese website, a list of accused clerics released by Malooly’s predecessor and lawsuits filed against priests during a recent, two year civil ‘window’ which let more victims take legal action (created by the Delaware Victims Act).
Several months ago, a Catholic lay group in Chicago called Voice of the Faithful determined that 60% of the parishes there had been assigned an accused predator priest.
For a copy of a spread sheet detailing the assignments of the predator priests, contact Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org (508 479 9304, email@example.com, or Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests