The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

Statement Regarding Upcoming Vatican Inspection of US Seminaries


David Clohessy of St. Louis (314) 566-9790 cell
Barbara Blaine of Chicago (312) 399 4747 cell

Statement by David Clohessy
National Director of SNAP
December 16, 2004

"It's very hard to figure out how to identify and weed out molesters. If there were a fail-safe method, every public school and day care center in this country would be using it. So best not to put all our eggs in one basket and assume or hope any church official can effectively screen out potential abusers, especially those still in their teens.

In addition, we'd have far more confidence if highly trained, independent, secular mental health professionals were visiting seminaries, rather than church officials."


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests