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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sex abuse victims applaud new ruling about Jesuit

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259): We are convinced others who were hurt by McGuire are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame. We hope they'll feel some comfort in this prudent decision. We also hope they'll find the courage to come forward, get help, and start healing.

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747): McGuire is an especially shrewd predator and his Jesuit superiors were especially adept at hiding his crimes, so we're grateful he'll remain locked up so he can't assault any more kids.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around since 1988 and have more than 9,000 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

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747),0,514186.story

Wis. court upholds abuse conviction of ex-priest

Associated Press - 8:43 AM CDT, May 20, 2009

MADISON, Wis. - A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the conviction of a once prominent Jesuit priest on charges that he abused two students during retreats in Wisconsin in the 1960s.

The District 2 Court of Appeals rejected Donald McGuire's claim that the 36-year delay in filing charges against him prejudiced his ability to defend himself.

McGuire was once a spiritual adviser to Mother Teresa and her religious order of nuns, and he has become one of the more prominent religious figures convicted in the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal.

In February, a federal judge sentenced him to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of traveling outside the U.S. and across state lines to have sex with a teenager.

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