The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Group releases never-before-seen Catholic document
It’s a newly-disclosed form archdiocese asks victims to sign
And it bans church staff from giving info about crimes to police
SNAP: “This is may be the most insidious church cover up strategy yet”
Victims insist that Cardinal Rigali explain it and promise to never use it again
It prevents archdiocesan employees from “relating to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. . .any information about alleged sexual abuse by an official or employee of the archdiocese.” There’s space at the bottom for victims (or parents of child victims) to sign. There is no space for a signature by any church staffer.
SNAP suspects that victims are pressured to sign it or else they are denied therapy payments or any other benefits or consideration by church officials, enabling the archdiocese to keep known or suspected clergy sex crimes secret.
SNAP won’t disclose where it got the document, but the group consulted with a local plaintiff’s attorney who verified its authenticity.
The group says that often, church officials claim to take actions that allegedly protect victims when, in fact, the real intent and effect is to protect archdiocesan staffers and secrets.
In 23 years, SNAP has never seen another Catholic entity – either diocese, school, college, or religious order – that uses or has used such a form.
Rigali presides over two church services today (Saturday) at 2:30 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Both are at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Streets and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
On Friday evening, Philadelphia’s Fox 29, ran a story about the form on its newscast. It was reported by Dave Schratwieser.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests