The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
For Immediate Release:
Statement by Michael Ross
In Response to Diocese of Spokane Treat to File For Bankruptcy
Without a shred of proof, Bishop Skylstad is asking us to believe he's struggling financially and must stop the truth from being told and the victims from healing by seeking bankruptcy protection.
Like his brother bishops in Tucson and Portland, Skylstad's main concern is to prevent horrific cover ups of abuse to be exposed in upcoming civil trials. His real agenda is to make sure the secrets stay secret.
We hope that victims will persevere in the face of one more hardball legal delaying tactic by one more bishop. We hope that lay people will insist on Skylstad coming clean with his books. We hope that victims still trapped in shame and self-blame will overcome their fears and guilt, and come forward in spite of this latest blow.
For additional information:
Michael Ross, SNAP Spokesperson Spokane, 509 701 4730
Molly Harding, SNAP Leader Spokane, 509 991 8834
Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, (Chicago) 312 399 4747
David Clohessy, SNAP National Director, (St. Louis) 314 566 9790
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests