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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Statement by David Clohessy in Bridgeport

Starting in 2002, and often since then, Lori has repeatedly promised to start protecting kids and being honest. In this instance, he's breaking both of those promises.

History, psychology and common sense all tell us there's probably one person in New York who was molested by Fr. Stubbs, one person in Florida who saw or suspected Fr. Coleman's crimes, and one person in Maryland who knows where Fr. Brett is hiding out. With no expense and minimal effort, Lori and his colleagues in these states could easily reach out to these individuals. These bishops could help one victim start recovering, one witness come forward, one prosecutor bring criminal charges, and potentially even stop child sex crimes that might be happening right now to a boy or girl at the hands of Fr. DeShan.

Instead, these top Catholic officials do little or nothing. They could use their public relations staff to warn parents, help police, and protect kids. Instead, these bishops use their PR departments to pat themselves on the back, burnish their own images, and crow about the minimal alleged 'reforms' belatedly and begrudgingly adopted under tremendous pressure and after horrific scandal.

This kind of outreach should have happened years, even decades ago. It certainly should have been done in 2002. But better late than never. It needs to happen now.


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