The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims to leaflet cathedral
Group seeks info to help convict alleged Miami predator
It begs those who “saw, suspected or suffered” to “speak up”
SNAP to Wenski: “Post on website the names of all child molesting clerics”
Three sexually troubled priests in Florida have recently been “outed,” group says
WHAT: As parishioners leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims will pass out fliers urging Miami’s new Catholic archbishop to
-- aggressively reach out to anyone hurt by predator priests, and
They will also prod anyone who
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 20 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: On the sidewalk outside the Cathedral of St Mary, 7525 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33150
WHO: Two-four clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP – the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) including a Chicago woman who heads the organization
WHY: In the past few weeks, three sexually troubled priests have been “outed” in Florida dioceses. A priest convicted in 2007 of molesting a DC boy (Fr. William C. Wert) was found to be quietly living among unsuspecting families and neighbors in Sarasota. A Philadelphia predator priest exposed in a new grand jury report was exposed as living in Orlando (Fr. Nicholas V. Cudema). And a nationally-known Palm Beach priest (Fr. Thomas Euteneuer) was publicly exposed as having sexually exploited vulnerable women during alleged exorcisms.
SNAP believes the cases show how crucial it is for bishops to disclose and post on church websites, for the sake of public safety, the names, whereabouts and status of sex offender clerics. Roughly 24 bishops have done this, and SNAP wants Wenski to as well. (He refused to take this step while head of the Orlando diocese.)
According to a Boston-based independent research group called BishopAccountabilty.org, there are 33 publicly accused Miami archdiocesan child molesting clerics. In May 2004 Archbishop Favalora admitted to 38. SNAP notes that the actual number of Miami area pedophile priests is likely much higher because BishopAccountability.org lists only those clerics against whom allegations have been lodged 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
SNAP also believes that Wenski and other top church officials have a moral and civic duty to use parish bulletins, church websites, pulpit announcements and archdiocesan news releases to aggressively seek out others who were molested by church employees and are “suffering in silence, shame and self-blame.” This is especially true, SNAP feels, because at least one Miami priest, Neil Doherty, is awaiting a criminal trial. The group wants to make sure that law enforcement authorities successful y prosecute Doherty.
Just last week, Doherty was named as a molester in a newly-filed civil lawsuit as well.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests