The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, July 6, 2009
Bridgeport diocese loses again; clergy sex victims respond
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)
We appreciate the court's decision to let the truth about cover ups of clergy sex crimes to finally surface.
We hope Connecticut citizens and Catholics will lean on Bridgeport's bishop to stop wasting time and money protecting predator priests and their corrupt colleagues. It's sad to think of generous parishioner donations being used to finance expensive lawyers and dangerous secrecy.
Until these records are released, in every Bridgeport parish, Sunday after Sunday, Catholics will continue to wonder, "Did my pastor shun victims, deceive police, stonewall parents, mislead prosecutors and help pedophile priests?"
We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes will be inspired by this ruling, and find the courage to step forward, get help, call police, and start healing.
(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 for 20 years 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)
Court Won't Reconsider Diocese Sex Abuse Ruling
July 6, 2009
HARTFORD - The Connecticut Supreme Court has decided not to reconsider a ruling that would make public thousands of pages of documents that detail alleged sexual abuse by priests.
The high court released its decision Monday, rejecting the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport's request to reconsider the ruling it issued in May.
A lawyer for the diocese says church officials are continuing to review their legal options, including a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The state Supreme Court ruled 4-1 that more than 12,600 pages of documents from 23 lawsuits against six priests should be released. Those documents have been sealed from public view since the diocese settled the cases in 2001.
It's not clear when the documents could be released.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests