Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, October 5, 2009

Court won't block release of sex abuse papers; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, founder of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312 399 4747)

Catholic officials have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past nine years, fighting to protect their secrets over our children. Now, finally, these secrets may see the light of day. These records will help parishioners and the public learn who helped conceal clergy sex crimes, and which of those wrongdoers are still in positions of power where they could do this again.

Now that this litigation is over, we hope Bridgeport Catholics will press Bishop Lori to tell the truth about how much of their donations were used to block the truth.

This decision sends a clear message to those who would endanger kids: eventually, you'll have to face the music and reveal your callousness, recklessness and deceit. We hope that this ruling will deter every pedophile's supervisor and co-workers from protecting a predator.

(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)

Court won't block release of sex abuse papers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to block the release of documents generated by lawsuits against priests in Connecticut for alleged sexual abuse.

The justices on Monday turned down a request by the Roman Catholic diocese in Bridgeport, Conn.

Several newspapers are seeking the release of more than 12,000 pages from 23 lawsuits against six priests.

The records have been under seal since the diocese settled the cases in 2001. Courts in Connecticut have ruled that the papers should be made public.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests