Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago
SNAP founder and president 312 399 4747
Yakaitis isn't the real problem. Cardinal George is the problem.
Again, he violates the most crucial pledge he and his brother bishops
have made: to protect youngsters.
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis
SNAP National Director 314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915
Church and university officials owe an apology and an explanation
to Chicago Catholics. The key question is how can an admitted predator
be kept in active ministry and put around teenagers again?
Statement by Chicago ex-seminarian who was abused
The abuse and violation I suffered from 1990 - 1991, at Niles College
Seminary, have exacted from me a great emotional, psychological,
and spiritual toll. Fr. Yakaitis' resignation as Chaplain and Director
of Calvert House, helps move the healing process along; however,
I take greater solace in the knowledge that my decision to make
his abuse public has helped to assure the safety of students at
the University of Chicago as well as young people with whom he may
have contact in the future. The issue left unresolved is how the
Archdiocese of Chicago, having full knowledge of his past abusive
behavior, could knowingly appointment Fr. Yakaitis to the university
position. I demand that the Archdiocese of Chicago commit itself
to a greater level of openness, scrutiny and integrity in addressing
the issue of sexually abusive priests and their victims. I look
to Francis Cardinal George for an apology and explanation as to
this betrayal of the assurances made to me as well as this breach
of common decency and common sense.
of those Abused by Priests www.snapnetwork.org