The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims to leaflet Catholic Church Neighborhood
A just-suspended accused predator priest worked there
SNAP: “If you saw or suspected abuse, you have to speak up”
Victims will urge neighbors and parishioners to ask Rigali to turn over all records to police
WHEN: Saturday, March 19, at 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: Outside Ascension of our Lord church, Westmoreland and F Sts (near 735 Westmoreland) in Philadelphia, and surrounding neighborhood.
Last month, a Philadelphia grand jury report concluded that 37 credibly accused offender priests were still working among unsuspecting families and innocent children in local Catholic parishes. In response, Philadelphia’s Cardinal Justin Rigali claimed no priests with “established or admitted” abuse was still on the job.
Since then Rigali announced the removal of three priests and followed that with the temporary suspension of 21 alleged abusive clerics.
The Grand Jury report indicated that Rigali had not turned over all records subpoena’s by the prosecutor. SNAP will encourage parishioners and neighbors to pressure Rigali to do so.
SNAP is reaching out to anyone from the church or neighborhood who may have information about abuse and encouraging those with information to report it to police.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests