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Fact sheet on the FIRST grand jury report (from 2002-03, previously undisclosed) on clergy sex crimes and cover ups in the Philadelphia Archdiocese

THE CHURCH THERAPISTS

The Archdiocese sought mental health evaluations
--“not primarily to diagnose and treat priests” (p. 4) but rather (p. 4)
--“to provide justification for returning accused priests to ministry,” (p. 4)
--where the archdiocese believed it could influence the evaluation.” (p. 4)

Church officials also chose therapists who
--“lacked adequate diagnostic expertise” (p. 4) or
--“chose not to employ available and necessary forensic testing” (p. 5) which
--“endangered the safety of children. (p. 5)

NON-OFFENDING PRIESTS

“Many non-offender priests have
--“remained silent in the face of clear evidence that a priest is sexually molesting a minor,” or
--“in some cases have actually covered up the abuse” (p. 8)

THE ARCHDIOCESAN MANAGERS
--“failed to provide (therapists) with complete information” (p. 5)
--“did not want a competent, unbiased assessment (about) accused predator priests” (p. 11) but
-- “wanted evaluations that allowed them to return those priests to ministry” (p. 11)
--“as a result...in most cases, predator priests received evaluations declaring that they were of little or no risk to children” (p. 5)
--“inappropriately asked mental health facilities to determine whether the priest had actually committed the alleged abuse” (p. 10)
--“failed to make any effort to determine if the accused priest has sexually abused other children” (p. 9)
--“Inaccurate or incomplete information was conveyed (to therapists) so frequently that these failures could not reasonable be said to have occurred accidentally” (p. 11)

AFTER REASSIGNING ACCUSED PRIESTS, CHURCH STAFF
--“intentionally declined to tell the pastor of the new parish or any other person on authority in the new assignment (including supervisors” that the priest has been accused of sexually abusing minors. even when the priest
--“had admitted the abuse” (p. 5)
--“was believed to have committed the abuse” (p. 5) and/or
--“had been accused by multiple victims” (p. 5)

PREDATOR PRIESTS FROM ELSEWHERE
--“The archdiocese placed kids at risk by knowingly accepting abusive priests from other dioceses” (p. 11)

THE RESULT:
--“Scores of abusers escaped accountability for their crimes” (p. 3).
--“Hundreds of allegations …were not investigated by law enforcement (p. 3)
--“Countless children would have been spared the nightmare of priest sexual molestation” (p. 3)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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