Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement


For immediate release:
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Prevention would help more than program for family members

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President, 312 399 4747

Any help for those wounded by pedophile priests and complicit bishops is welcome. At the same time, however, victims and their loved ones can heal even without the church's help. We can't, however, protect kids without George's help. That's where we believe his efforts are best spent.

The old saying 'An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure' is applicable here. Kids would be much safer if George would take the simple, long-overdue step of posting on his website all the names, photos and addresses of proven, admitted and credibly accused predators. While the Archdiocese currently lists the names of some priests it doesn't include the priests who worked in the Archdiocese but belonged to religious congregations. The list also fails to include where they are now and where they worked. Giving all the information would help ensure that serial pedophile priests have less access to kids right now.

Healing is good, but prevention is better.

Coming, as this does, in the wake of horrific disclosures of callousness and deceit by George and his top staffers (in the cases of Fr. Joseph Bennett, Fr. Norbert Maday and Fr. Daniel McCormack), this smacks more of public relations than genuine caring.


David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director, 314 566 9790
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 862 7688

SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is the oldest and largest support group for those abused by clergy.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests