The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Statement Regarding the New Lawsuit Against Indiana/Florida Priest, Fr. Emerson
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago
We applaud this brave man for seeking to expose the truth and warn others about a dangerous priest. The overwhelming majority of clergy sex abuse victims don't take legal action. Many can't, because or archaic restrictions and technicalities like the statute of limitations. Many others can't, because they struggle daily with depression, addictions and other severe, long-lasting after effects of these horrific crimes.
But sadly, many feel like they have no option but to seek justice in the courts. And virtually all victims want to do whatever we can to make sure that others aren't hurt the way we've been hurt. This brave man deserves our praise and gratitude for trying to safeguard others at risk.
We are especially concerned about kids exposed to Emerson over the past few months. While church leaders dragged their feet, unsuspecting parents and innocent kids were needlessly in harm's way.
Both bishops, we believe, owe their flocks a straightforward explanation,
especially given all the promises you and your fellow Catholic officials
have given about being more open and transparent.
For more information:
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests