The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Friday, August 14, 2009
Ex-priest called before grand jury; Sex abuse victims respond
Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP National Outreach Director 314-862-7688
It's long past time for current and former Catholic employees to search their consciences and come forward to the federal prosecutors with their knowledge and suspicions about clergy sex crimes and cover ups. It's a shame that it apparently takes threats and subpoenas to get allegedly Christian officials to do their moral and civic duty and help protect kids by exposing corruption.
As deeply wounded men and women, whose childhoods and spirituality and health have largely been stolen by predator priests, we beg anyone with information about clergy crimes in Los Angeles to pick up the phone, call the US attorney or the police, and become part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Victims and their advocates have done as much as we possibly can to expose the truth about the recklessness, deceit and callousness of Catholic officials. It's time for others - priests and lay people especially - to step up to the plate, do what's right, and share what they know with law enforcement.
(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), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)
AP source: Ex-priest called before grand jury
By GILLIAN FLACCUS (AP)
LOS ANGELES — A person with knowledge of an investigation into the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles says a former priest imprisoned for sexually molesting children has been called to testify before a federal grand jury.
The person, who requested anonymity because the probe is ongoing, said Friday that former priest Michael Baker was transferred into federal custody at least three months ago and took the Fifth Amendment before the grand jury. The source did not know if Baker is still in federal custody.
The archdiocese's attorney has said federal prosecutors told him Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony is not a target of the probe. Thom Mrozek, a U.S. attorney's office spokesman, declined to comment.
The 61-year-old Baker pleaded guilty in 2007 to molesting two boys and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests