The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Statement by SNAP on Bishop Braxton
STATEMENT By Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003 cell, 314 862 7688 home)
Weve asked Braxton to meet with us.
Weve asked Braxton to warn people about Fr. Bourque.
Weve asked Braxton to not appeal the Fr. Kownacki case.
Weve asked Braxton to not appeal the Fr. Roberts case.
Weve asked Braxton to post names of predators on his website.
Weve asked Braxton to put them in treatment centers.
Now, were asking Braxton to do something even simpler, easier and cheaper: just disclose their whereabouts.
And were going above his head, appealing to a national Catholic panel to lean on him to be the pastor and shepherd he claims to be.
What we simply cant accept is Braxton doing nothing except excessively and expensively defending proven predators and corrupt colleagues.
Belleville victims and Catholics and citizens deserve better.
They deserve to know who and where predator priests are.
They deserve to have these predators in treatment centers.
They deserve genuine, repeated outreach to their victims.
Were neither going away nor giving up.
Even if the National Review Board ignores us too, well keep pushing until Braxton begins to act more like a warm-hearted shepherd and less like a cold-hearted CEO.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nations oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. Weve been around for 17 years and have more than 7,000 members across the country. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
For more info: David Clohessy 314 566 9790
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests