The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Abuse victims respond to new Philly Archbishop
They urge him to help reform PA child sex laws
And they want those who hid crimes to be disciplined and demoted
"No time to be complacent," group tells Catholics, "keep reporting clergy misdeeds"
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will blast decision to make Archbishop Chaput new prelate for Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Group assesses that his track record in dealing with sex crimes by priests is deplorable. They will also prod Philadelphia’s new Archbishop to:
--support legislation in PA to extend statutes of limitation for child sex crimes as recommended by two separate Grand Juries in Philadelphia, and
--discipline and demote those who hid crimes of sex abuse in the archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The victims will also urge current and former church-goers to
--ask their loved ones if they were hurt by child molesting clerics, and, if so, to
--report any information they learn or have regarding sex abuse to police instead of Catholic officials.
TODAY, Tuesday, July 19, 12:15 p.m.
Outside the Philadelphia Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
4-6 members of a support group for clergy molestation victims called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
The Vatican announced that Denver’s Archbishop will replace retiring Cardinal Rigali and members of the oldest and largest support group of survivors of priest sex abuse oppose this move. Chaput has:
--- been accused of underreporting abuse in his diocese. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/usccb/natureandscope/dioceses/denverco.htm
--- attempted to sidestep the transparency of the court system by bullying victims into a church-run mediation. The mediation had no promises of discovery, disclosure, or public release of sex abuse cover-up documents. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/05_06/2006_05_25_Gorski_ChurchReady.htm
--- fought against anti-crime legislation that would reform the statute of limitations for child sex offenders.http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/2006_05_Chaput_SuingThe.htm
--- has not confirmed whether or not he does background checks on priests in the archdiocese. They don't do them on volunteers: http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_statements/2011_statements/012411_chaput_attacks_alleged_rape_victim_w_legal_hardball_snap_responds.htm, and
--- Because of anger at their exposure of child sex crimes and cover-up, Chaput held a childish and punitive six-year grudge against the New York Times, refusing to speak with reporters about sex abuse in his diocese and his Vatican-appointed investigation for serial predator Marcial Maciel. http://www.mediaite.com/online/archbishop-chaput-whacks-media-in-speech-defends-his-nyt-boycott/
SNAP agrees with grand jurors, who conclude that in 2011 “not much has changed” since a scathing 2005 report by another grand jury about the Philadelphia archdiocese. The new grand jury report says the archdiocese “has betrayed once again” the victims who report to its staffers and stated that the Philadelphia archdiocesan abuse system is “designed to help the abusers and the archdiocese itself,” “is devoid of common sense,” and “reaches the wrong result in the vast majority of (child sex abuse) cases.” Chaput must reform the structures within the Philadelphia Archdiocese to protect children and report criminals and enablers to police.
David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747).