the Appointment of the
New Bishop of Nashville, David Choby
December 20, 2005
SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests) wishes to issue
the following statement concerning the appointment of the new bishop
"We wish the new bishop well and stand ready to work with him to
We would feel more optimistic about the new bishop had he come from
another diocese. A fresh set of eyes on these matters can be helpful.
Now is not the time for complacency. Often it's tempting for Catholics
to assume a new bishop will be more compassionate and forthcoming on
sexual abuse than his predecessor was. That's an unwise assumption to
make. We beg parishioners to judge the new bishop by his actions, not
his words, and by their observations, not their hopes.
The cover-up of horrific clergy sex crimes in any one diocese is never
the work of one individual. Therefore, no one individual can magically
usher in a new day. It's important that all of us remain dedicated and
vigilant to healing the wounded and protecting the vulnerable, no matter
who heads a particular diocese."
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell
Mike Coode, Nashville Coordinator of SNAP of Tennessee, 615-364-2334
David Brown, Memphis Coordinator of SNAP of Tennessee, 865-569-4500
Susan Vance, Co-director of SNAP of Tennessee - 865-748-3518
Ann Brentwood Co-director of SNAP of Tennessee, 865-607-6119
of those Abused by Priests www.snapnetwork.org