Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, March 13, 2009

SNAP on Lincoln, Nebraska Diocese

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP Founder and President 312-399-4747

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

We're saddened but not surprised that once again Lincoln Catholic officials have chosen to not even do the bare minimum regarding child safety: participate in the annual review as mandated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz claims the evaluation wouldn’t “place into context” the large number of priests who were not abusive. No one disputes that many priests lead a truly admirable lives. But that does not negate the need to expose, bring to justice, and protect kids from those clergy who commit horrific crimes against the innocent and the vulnerable.

Bruskewitz has never been censored nor held accountable in any way for his ignoring, time and time again, the US bishops’ national sex abuse policy. This is proof that the bishops’ policy is a toothless tiger.

It's a sad state of affairs when a member of the church hierarchy acts like a despot and chooses to protect criminals rather than the most vulnerable members of his flock.


David Clohessy, SNAP National Director 314-566-9790, Barbara Dorris, SNAP National Outreach Director 314-862-7688, Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director 414-429-7259

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests