The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Friday, June 18, 2010
Vatican re-instates accused bishop; Sex abuse victims respond
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)
It's heart-breaking to see that callous Vatican officials are re-instating a credibly accused child-molesting Polish prelate.
Archbishop Paetz, ousted for molesting seminarians, will no doubt exploit the Vatican’s irresponsible move, dupe supporters, re-gain influence, and possibly be in a position to abuse again.
This is a familiar pattern (playing out now in Germany too, as Bishop Mixa tries to win re-instatement). Under intense public pressure, Catholic officials take a step to mollify angry parishioners and posture as concerned reformers. Then, as intense scrutiny wanes, often wrong-doers are quietly put back in ministry.
The Pope's claim to do "everything possible" to prevent future abuse is now exposed as phony.
(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. 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)
Vatican confirms absolving Archbishop Paetz
The Vatican has confirmed Polish media reports that it has revoked the ban on religious duties imposed on Archbishop Juliusz Paetz in 2002, after he was accused of the sexual harassment of clergy.
The archdiocese of Poznan, however, has denied reports in Gazeta Wyborcza this morning that Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki had resigned in protest at the Vatican’s decision to absolve Paetz.
After the sex scandal in the Poznan archdiocese was revealed, Pope John Paul II forced Archbishop Juliusz Paetz to tender his resignation and the Congregation of Bishops, on the request of Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, imposed a ban on him performing religious duties. Since then Archbishop Paetz has strived to have the ban while maintaining his innocence, as he has done since 2002.
Since the scandal broke, Paetz attended several papal audiences, including a meeting with Benedict XVI. In June 2009, he received a customary letter from the Pope congratulating him on the 50th anniversary of receiving holy orders.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests