Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
Cardinal Law's Leadership Role
in Honoring the Pope
April 7, 2005
Statement by David Clohessy
SNAP National Director
"Cardinal Law is correct when he says this is the time
to "focus" on Pope John Paul II. Thousands of caring Catholic
and wounded victims, however, find it hard to keep that focus when Law
is apparently exploiting this sad moment for his own hurtful rehabilitation
attempt. Out of sensitivity and respect for those families who continue
to suffer because of his cover ups, and in a spirit of genuine contrition,
Law should avoid the public limelight.
If he genuinely wants to honor the Pope, he should avoid causing distractions
to the solemn ceremonies and recuse himself from any other public role
in the days and weeks again.
But there are other responsible parties here.
Vatican officials should prevail upon Law to stop rubbing salt into the
already deep wounds of the American church and the hundreds of men and
women whose faith has been stolen and whose pain still cripples them because
of Law's abusive clerics.
Bishops and cardinals across the globe, especially in America, should
forcefully speak out now on behalf of the wounded, and insist that Law
put the memory of John Paul II and the needs of clergy abuse victims above
his own self-aggrandizement.
The code of silence with which church officials shelter even the most
egregious among themselves must be broken. Bishops and cardinals must
find the strength and courage, as so many of us have found, to confront
This is about preventing more preventable pain, not about punishing a
man who has already caused or helped cause hundreds of shattered lives.
We seek these things out of compassion for the victims of rape and sodomy
by clergy, not out of anger toward the hierarchy of the church."
Brings Law Into Public Eye
For more information:
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP Founder and President (312) 399 4747 cell
Mark Serrano of Leasburg VA, SNAP Board Member (703) 727 4940 cell
Mary Grant of Long Beach CA, SNAP Board Member (626) 419 2930
Peter Isely of Milwaukee, SNAP Board Member (414) 429 7259 cell, (414)
of those Abused by Priests