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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, August 21, 2009

Lawsuit v. Catholic diocese moves forward; Sex abuse 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)

With alleged crimes in the Catholic church, sexual or financial, bishops almost always seek to exploit legal technicalities, rather than fight on the merits. It's sad that Lori seems fixated on using lawyers to delay justice and obscure the truth, rather than let our court system work to resolve conflicts.

We're grateful that this judge is letting these alleged crimes be heard in court.

(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

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),0,6217235.story

Judge: lawsuit against diocese, parish can proceed

WATERBURY, Conn. - A Connecticut judge has said no to a bid to dismiss a lawsuit related to a former Roman Catholic priest's theft of more than $1 million from a Darien parish.

A former bookkeeper at St. John Roman Catholic Church claims. She was harassed, threatened and forced to resign for exposing the embezzlement by the Rev. Michael Jude Fay. Bethany D'Erario has sued the parish and the Bridgeport Diocese.

Church officials said D'Erario's lawsuit is baseless and should be thrown out. But Waterbury Superior Court Judge William Cremins rejected the motion in a ruling on Thursday.

Fay is serving a three-year prison sentence for stealing the money and using it to finance a luxurious lifestyle.

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