The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, April 12, 2010
Clergy sex victim responds to "one sentence" Vatican change
Statement by Mark Serrano of Reston VA (USA), SNAP spokesman
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (703-727-4940 cell)
It's sad when the Vatican has to make it clear to bishops that they must follow secular laws.
It's fairly obvious that if you are saying you will now cooperate with the police then you are admitting that you have not been.
What the Pope needs to do is to clearly order all bishops to turn over all records on clergy sex crimes right now to authorities across the world. And he should immediately disclose records on the thousands of cases that he personally handled as head of CDF from 2001-2005.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests