The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims to leaflet special mass
They want predators’ names listed
Group opposes “symbolic gestures”
SNAP: “Bishop’s first job is to protect the vulnerable”
Once that’s done, victims say, then “pray for the wounded”
And SNAP wants child molesting clerics housed and supervised
Victims will also urge local church officials, for the sake of children’s safety, to
Such events, SNAP feels, are at least in part designed to convey the impression that the church’s devastating child sex abuse and cover up crisis is over and all that remains is expressing regret and making amends with wounded adults. Nothing could be further from the truth. (As the recent Philadelphia grand jury report makes clear, predator priests are still on the job today there and, we strongly suspect, elsewhere.)
SNAP is urging Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted to do what 24 other bishops have done, and post on his website, for the sake of public safety, the names, whereabouts and priestly status of child molesting clerics who are or have been in the diocese.
SNAP is also asking Olmsted to house predator priests in secure, remote and independently run treatment centers so they’ll get counseling and be kept away from vulnerable children. (Just yesterday, an exclusive AP report found that in California alone, some 50 suspended predator priests live essentially unsupervised among unsuspecting neighbors.)
According to a Boston-based independent research group called BishopAccountabilty.org, there are 26 publicly accused Phoenix diocesan child molesting clerics. SNAP notes that the actual number of Trenton area pedophile priests is likely much 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 (but partial) 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
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests