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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, December 2, 2010

Victims Blast DE Bishop for "Deception" Yesterday

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314 862 7688

Yesterday, Delaware's Bishop Malooly said: “I am disappointed that the jury found the people of St. Elizabeth’s liable for the acts of Francis DeLuca. It is unfortunate that the parish community of St. Elizabeth’s is being made to pay for the criminal and sinful acts of someone who was assigned by the diocesan bishop . . "

That's NOT what the jury found, and Malooly knows it.

After hearing all the evidence, an impartial jury took two steps.

• It found DeLuca guilty of child sexual abuse (to the tune of $27 million)

• It found the parish guilty of 'gross negligence' (to the tune of $3 million) because two church employees clearly knew of and ignored the crimes.

Meanwhile Bishop Malooly has avoided facing the uncharted depths of the diocesan hierarchy's wrongdoing when he selfishly sought bankruptcy protection last year.

Malooly threw the parish — which he controls — under the bus. Now, he feigns surprise and helplessness at the result of his callous legal maneuvering

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(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 10,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)


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