The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Priest: 'Jewish press' pushes perv scandal; SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Blaine SNAP President 312 399 4747
Bishop DiMarzio should suspend and discipline this bigoted priest for hurting both Jewish people and clergy sex abuse victims. It's not enough to force him to apologize. Apologies are quick and easy and do little to deter future hurtful behavior
Some predator priests get ousted. But sadly, no church employee who conceals child sex crimes or blames others for them, or insults victims, ever suffers any consequences. That's what must change if the church is to become safer for everyone. Bishops must stop being cowards, and punish their priests who do wrong, and Vatican officials must stop being cowards, and punish their bishops who do wrong.
(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 globe. 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)
Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747), Mark Serrano (703 727 4940), Peter Isely (414 429 7259), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003)
Priest: 'Jewish press' pushes perv scandal
By WILLIAM J. GORTA and LEONARD GREENE
A Queens Catholic priest is under fire for claiming that the church pedophile scandal has been distorted by the media -- because it's controlled by Jews.
"The most insignificant facts are intensified, they make sensational headlines, and that helps sell newspapers," the Rev. Vytautas Volertas, told a Lithuanian-language newspaper on May 1.
"To put it another way, who controls the press? The Jews. Have you ever seen an article in The New York Times about a criminal rabbi? No? And you won't see one."
In fact, the Times, like every other major New York newspaper, last year reported the arrests of five rabbis who were indicted in a money-laundering probe in New Jersey.
Volertas, assigned to the Church of the Transfiguration in Maspeth, apologized after being chastised by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Brooklyn Diocese.
DiMarzio was "appalled" by the remarks, a spokesman said.
Volertas, in a statement released by the diocese, said, "I sincerely apologize to the Jewish people for the harm that my words may have caused.
"Moreover, I beg forgiveness of the victims of clergy sexual abuse."
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests