The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, November 2, 2009
Records on Cardinal Egan's CT pedophile priest cover up to be released
Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 862 7688 home
We're relieved that the public is one step closer to finally learning how much Cardinal Egan knew and how little he did to stop child sex crimes when he was in Bridgeport. We're just sorry Bishop Lori has taken 7 years and probably spent at least $100,000 donated by parishioners to protect himself and his colleagues instead of protecting kids.
We believe these records will also reveal the names of others in the Catholic hierarchy who ignored or hid the devastating wrongdoing of pedophile priests.
To speed up the long healing process, instead of waiting for the actual records to be released, we hope that current and former church employees who concealed child sex crimes will voluntarily admit their wrong-doing now.
(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 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 home, 314 503 0003)
Court won't stop release of church documents
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court turned away another appeal to stop the release of documents generated for sexual abuse lawsuits against priests in a Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut.
The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from the Diocese of Bridgeport, which has been fighting for years to prevent the release of the documents. Last month, the justices refused to grant a delay at least while they considered the diocese's full appeal.
The order Monday was issued without comment.
The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and the Hartford Courant have asked to see the documents. The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that more than 12,000 pages from 23 lawsuits against the six priests should be unsealed.
The documents include depositions, affidavits and motions.
The records have been under seal since the diocese settled the cases in 2001.
The diocese says the First Amendment prohibits civil authorities from intruding into internal church decisions about priest assignments.
The case is Bridgeport Diocese v. New York Times, 09-246.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests