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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sex abuse victims respond to new Duluth Catholic bishop

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003)

(NOTE: Msgr. Paul Sirba, vicar-general of the Twin Cities, has been named as Catholic bishop of Duluth)

The Twin Cities church hierarchy continues to be reckless and deceitful regarding clergy sex crimes and cover ups, so though we don't know much about Sirba himself, we can't feel comfortable with a high ranking St. Paul-Minneapolis cleric being promoted.

In May, for instance, one clergy sex abuse victim was publicly identified against his will by a callous Twin Cities Catholic school official. It was a stunningly mean-spirited move. Sirba and his colleagues in the Twin Cities hierarchy refused to discipline the wrong-doer or speak out against this injustice.

(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 since 1988 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)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests