The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims to leaflet Catholic Church
A just-suspended accused predator priest worked there
SNAP: “If you saw or suspected abuse, you have to speak up”
Group also blasts newly-disclosed controversial church form
It bans archdiocesan employees from giving info about crimes to police
SNAP: “This is may be the most insidious church cover up strategy yet”
But earlier this week, Rigali temporarily suspended 21 alleged abusive clerics. Among them was Msgr. Francis S. Feret, who has worked St. Adalbert’s for roughly the last 15 years. (Even now, he’s listed on the parish website as the pastor.) Earlier Feret was assigned to St. Peter Parish in Pottstown. He was ordained in 1962 and his photo is available at BishopAccountability.org
SNAP has heard from one of Feret’s victims who now lives out-of-state and was assaulted in the 1960s. The group believes many current and former church members and staff have suspicions or knowledge about Feret that should be conveyed to law enforcement.
And yesterday, SNAP disclosed a highly unusual and controversial Philadelphia archdiocesan form called the “Prohibition to Report” and it was “designed to prevent the Archdiocese from reporting priests’ crimes to law enforcement,” according to the recent Philadelphia grand jury report. The group wants parishioners to pressure Rigali to publicly explain, denounce and pledge to never again use the form.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests