The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Arbitration sought on “contract breach” dispute
Victims disclose KC bishop’s new eight page defense
Finn says he is living up to 2008 deal, but group disagrees
Two men will kneel for 30 minutes in prayer at church HQ
They’re “outraged” over new “pro-Finn” diocesan mass next week
SNAP: Diocese should focus on “vulnerable kids, not powerful prelate”
Self help group calls event next week “an unprecedented level of intimidation”
Finn’s “circling the wagons” & “ostracizing” those who question him, SNAP says
Wearing small sandwich board signs, two of them will then kneel on the sidewalk for 30 minutes in silent prayer focused on innocent children and wounded victims. They will harshly blast the bishop for what they call “an unprecedented level of intimidation and insensitivity:” – a just-scheduled, diocesan-sponsored special mass to pray for the bishop himself (which makes no mention of the suffering and vulnerability of young child sex abuse and pornography victims and their families).
Yesterday, Bishop Robert Finn, through his lawyer, responded to the victims’ concerns with an eight page letter claiming that the diocese is in full compliance. But little or no documentation was provided, and victims are far from persuaded by Finn’s words alone. Now, they are formally pushing for arbitration to resolve the dispute.
(The settlement contained a provision that such disputes would be dealt with through arbitration.)
Victims are also outraged that Catholic officials are organizing yet another public event “for the intentions of Bishop Finn.” It’s a special mass on June 29. The focus, SNAP believes, should be on rallying behind vulnerable kids and wounded victims, not behind a powerful prelate who endangered children.
Especially because this event is sponsored by the diocese itself, SNAP believes this is like an embattled politician desperately trying to ‘rally the base’ and guilt-trip victims, witnesses and whistleblowers into staying silent.
The diocese’s “Director of Sacred Liturgy,” Deacon Ralph Wehner, will be Master of Ceremonies. The event will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 3333 Broadway Street in Kansas City, MO
Because “footage of the Mass may be acquired by the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN),” a Catholic TV network, the diocese is “really hoping for a full house,” according to an email sent out by church officials.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests