The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims to leaflet outside cathedral
They urge lawmakers & national panel to act
Group blasts Rigali for “still hiding predators”
SNAP: “National Catholic board must step in & speak up”
And legislators must enable victims to expose pedophiles in court
Concealing credibly accused clerics’ names “hurts kids & helps offenders” victims say
US bishops abuse policy is “meaningless,” group feels “if names are still being kept secret”
The victims will also prod Cardinal Rigali to
It also points out the need to reform Pennsylvania’s “predator-friendly” abuse laws. Extending or eliminating the archaic statute of limitations will enable more child sex abuse victims (most of whom were not hurt by clergy) to “expose dangerous predators through the open, time-tested American justice system,” the group contends.
In the short term, however, SNAP wants the church’s National Review Board (NRB) to pressure Rigali to disclose the identities of the suspected predators.
In 2002, at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Dallas, bishops created and appointed the NRB to help oversee implementation of their new “zero tolerance” national child sex abuse policy. Once headed by relatively independent, outspoken and high profile lay Catholics (Leon Panetta, Governor Frank Keating Justice Anne Burke), in recent years panel members have become quieter and more closely connected with the church. Still, SNAP believes the group has a powerful “bully pulpit” that could prod Rigali and other bishops to act more compassionately.
The NRB is headed by Diane Knight of Milwaukee, the former head of Milwaukee Catholic Charities. The Allegheny County prosecutor is also on the NRB. A list of other members is here: http://www.nccbuscc.org/ocyp/nrb.shtml
(At 11 a.m., Rigali will lead a “penitential” service. At noon, he’ll lead a mass. Both are at the Cathedral.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests