The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Thursday, July 16, 2009
Controversial religious group takes over Georgia college
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)
The Legion is a controversial, secretive, deeply troubled institution which, for decades, turned a blind eye to serious allegations of sexual abuse and cover up by its founder, the now-disgraced Fr. Maciel. Several bishops have banned the order from working in their dioceses.
Catholics would be well advised to carefully research the Legion's disturbing history before entrusting their teenagers to this extreme and self-serving institution.
(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 21 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)
Legion of Christ, Southern Catholic Join in Effort to Ensure Quality, Catholic Higher Education
Jul. 16, 2009 10:50 AM
ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 07/16/09 -- The Legion of Christ and Southern Catholic College (SCC) have agreed to make the college a Legion institution.
"This is a great step for Southern Catholic and, we hope, for Catholic higher education in North America," said Jeremiah J. Ashcroft, president of SCC. "With the Legion's experience and leadership, we'll be able to attract students from across North America and develop programs with institutions around the world. This expanded reach and support greatly enhances our ability to achieve our mission to prepare moral and ethical leaders who will enlighten society and glorify God."
"We want to build on the great reputation SCC has established," said Father Scott Reilly, L.C., territorial director for the Legion. "There will be considerable sharing of best practices with our existing institutions. I expect that SCC will experience significant growth in the years ahead, as we can expand the availability of Catholic higher education to students from across North America."
Southern Catholic College is a co-educational liberal arts college, Georgia's first and only residential Catholic college. The school provides a learning environment for academic excellence grounded in the Catholic intellectual and moral tradition. SCC was founded in 2000 and has more than 200 students from 25 states on its campus in Dawsonville, GA, an hour north of Atlanta.
The Legion of Christ is a religious congregation of Pontifical right, founded in 1941. Its mission is to extend the Kingdom of Christ in society according to the requirements of Christian justice and charity. The congregation operates in 22 countries and has 800 priests and more than 2600 seminarians worldwide. The Legion operates 15 universities, 50 institutes of higher education and 176 schools.
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