The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, May 10, 2010
Statement Regarding Allegation Against Monsignor George J. Mazzotta; SNAP responds
Statement by David Clohessy Executive Director 314 566 9790
Rather than minimize the priest's alleged crimes (by stressing "one allegation" and "40 years ago"), Rigali should work hard to find others who were hurt by Mazzotta and who could, by contacting police, possibly get this possible criminal charged, convicted and jailed. It’s inexcusable that Rigali makes no mention of the need to call law enforcement if you have any knowledge of or suspicions about misdeeds or crimes by Mazzotta.
The only prudent assumption is that if the cleric likely molested once, he probably molested others. So Rigali should focus on prodding victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police immediately. It’s wrong to continue urging people to call church authorities instead of secular authorities.
We call on Rigali to personally visit each parish where this priest worked, and beg anyone with information to call police officials, not church officials.
SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s largest and oldest support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse. Founded in 1988, SNAP has over 9,000 members.
May 10, 2010 - STATEMENT -- Regarding Allegation Against Monsignor George J. Mazzotta
Cardinal Justin Rigali has received and reported to civil authorities an allegation that Reverend Monsignor George J. Mazzotta sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago. This is the first such allegation that the Archdiocese has received regarding Monsignor Mazzotta.
Since 2008, Monsignor Mazzotta has served as parochial vicar at Stella Maris Parish in South Philadelphia. Cardinal Rigali has relieved him of his assignment pending completion of a formal investigation. Monsignor is no longer residing at Stella Maris Parish but at Villa Saint Joseph in Darby, the home for retired priests of the Archdiocese and he has agreed to refrain from the public exercise of his priestly ministry during the investigation.
An announcement was made this past weekend at Stella Maris Parish regarding Monsignor Mazzotta. Counselors from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Victim Assistance Office were available after Masses.
Monsignor Mazzotta is 72 years old. He was ordained in 1966. He has served at the following parishes and schools in addition to his service at Stella Maris Parish: St. Joseph, Downingtown (1966-1971); Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia and St. Maria Goretti High School (1971-1976); St. Gabriel, Philadelphia (1976-1978); St. Clement, Philadelphia (1978-1980); St. Eugene, Primos (1980-1985); St. Paul, Norristown (1985-1988); SS. Cosmas and Damian, Conshohocken (June 1988 - November 1988); St. Robert Bellarmine, Warrington (1988-1990); Mother of Divine Grace, Philadelphia (1990-1997) and St. Madeline, Ridley Park (1997-2008).
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have been abused. If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 1-888-800-8780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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