The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
SNAP statement regarding Fr. Robert Trupia and Fr. Laurence Brett in Maryland
Statement by Frank Dingle of SNAP
We are members and supporters of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), the world's largest and oldest support group for men and women who have been sexually abused in religious institutions. Our mission is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
We’re here today because we’re worried about two credibly accused predator priests who spent time in the Baltimore area. Both are serial child molesters. Both, we fear, may well have molested Maryland kids.
We’re urging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered their crimes to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing. When victims, witnesses and whistleblowers find the strength to step forward, there’s at least a chance for healing justice and prevention. But when we stay trapped in shame, silence, self-blame or fear, kids have no chance and predators walk free and molest more kids.
We’re hear now because recent media reports show just how dangerous one of these predators is and just how reckless and callous top church officials are. It took years for the Vatican to take action against this child molesting cleric - Fr. Robert Trupia – just like it took years to get church action against Fr. Peter Hullerman, the German priest and Fr. Lawrence Murphy, the Wisconsin priest – both of whom have been in the news lately.
The other pedophile priest is Fr. Laurence Brett. There’s nothing new to report about him today. But he remains perhaps Maryland’s most notorious predator priest. In 2003, he was almost captured by law enforcement on an island in the Caribbean. Since then, he’s allegedly vanished.
But we believe top Catholic staffers can and should do more to try and warn the public about him. Specifically, with
Brett and Trupia and ALL proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting cleric – they should be permanently listed on the archdiocesan website and periodically listed in parish bulletins and the archdiocesan newspaper, along with their photos, last known address, and former work sites. With Brett especially, because he’s on the run from the law, the archbishop should personally visit parishes where he worked and beg victims and witnesses to contact law enforcement.
Finally, Baltimore’s archbishop should join us in appealing to the Pope to set up an international data base of predator priests who have been sent or have moved overseas. If parents and parishioners are warned, they can protect their kids from these pedophiles. It’s the Pope’s duty to warn them.
Remember that the Catholic church is an enormous, wealthy, tightly-structured global monarchy with vast resources. If the church hierarchy wants to and cares, it can use those resources to help law enforcement track down Brett and help families protect their kids from both Trupia and Brett.
We hope they will do so.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests