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David Clohessy, 314-566-9790
St. Louis Archbishop Spends More On Public Relations
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis SNAP National Director December 22, 2004
"For the second time in two years, St. Louis' Catholic archbishop
is adding yet another PR big shot to his payroll.
While innocent kids are at risk of being molested and while victimized
adults are still in pain, Burke is working harder to keep his sex
abuse secrets hidden and put the best 'spin' on the continuing cover
up of sex crimes by clergy.
It's shameful that Burke pressures childhood rape victims to settle
for $10,000 while paying hundreds of thousands to high-priced lawyers
and PR men.
Parishoners will likely never know how much of their donations Burke
devotes to public relations and legal defense costs. Still, for
the sake of openness, we hope this sad new move will prod Catholics
to insist on more financial accountability from their archbishop.
In a few months, let's hope Mr. Allman does what other current and
past archdiocesan employees have done: examine his conscience and
begin to quietly disclose information that will keep kids safe and
help victims heal."