The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Group upset that Cardinal pays for priest’s lawyer
Victims to leaflet Catholic predator’s former church
A just-suspended accused child molesting cleric worked there
SNAP: “If you saw, suspected or suffered abuse, you must speak up”
Group says its an “inherent conflict” for Rigali to fund Lynn’s lawyer
SNAP also believes Rigali is “rewarding wrongdoing” by this “cozy arrangement.” Making Lynn pay for his own defense lawyer, the group says, would help deter future clergy sex cover ups.
SNAP is asking lay Catholics to protest this use of their donations by calling Rigali and insisting that he stop paying for Lynn’s defense.
On March 7, Rigali suspended 21 credibly accused child molesting Catholic priests, in the wake of a shocking grand jury report. (That report concluded that 37 credibly accused offender priests were still working among unsuspecting families and innocent children in local Catholic parishes. Just weeks before suspending the priests, Rigali had claimed no one with “established or admitted” abuse was still on the job.)
Among them was Fr. Thomas J. Rooney who worked St. Timothy church until his recent suspension. SNAP believes many current and former church members and staff have suspicions or knowledge about Rooney that should be conveyed to law enforcement.
Rooney was ordained in 1991. More info about him is available at BishopAccountability.org
The attorney representing Msgr. Lynn is Tom Bergstrom, 610-251-9260.
Fr. Stephen Leva (215 624 6188) is the current pastor of St. Timothy’s.
CONTACT: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests