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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Victims praise suburban Boston parishioners re tonight’s meeting

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, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We applaud these brave and caring Catholic parishioners who are trying to get a recalcitrant Catholic official to take a simple, long overdue step toward better protecting children – posting names of known predators on church websites.

How hard is this? It was first done in 2002 in Baltimore. Two dozen bishops have done it since then. None has regretted it. No one claims they shouldn’t have. If bishops recruit, educate, ordain, transfer and protect predator priests, don’t they have a duty to at least warn parents and parishioners where these dangerous clerics are now? Shouldn’t they make it easier, not harder, for neighbors and prospective employers to know who the pedophile priests are?

Too many Catholics passively sit back and do little or nothing to pressure their alleged shepherds to act like shepherds. We are grateful to the Holy Family parishioners who are prodding O’Malley to do what should have been done long ago.

(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 23 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)

(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 23 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, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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http://www.wickedlocal.com/duxbury/news/x868518721/Holy-Family-Church-hosting-forum-on-clergy-sex-abuse#axzz1FlAzDsBF

Holy Family Church hosting forum on clergy sex abuse

By Kathryn Koch Wicked Local Duxbury Posted Mar 05, 2011 @ 12:55 PM

DUXBURY — Around the country, 27 archdioceses have released the names of priests and other church personnel who have been charged with sexual abuse of a minor and whose guilt has been formally established.

The Archdiocese of Boston has not.

The Parish Pastoral Council of Holy Family Church wants to shine a brighter light on the archdiocese’s refusal to release these names.

Council member Tom Murray said he and other members are determined to be proactive about addressing the challenges facing the local community. To do so, they are hosting a forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the parish center at 601 Tremont St. on the issue.

“We really want to put pressure on (Cardinal Sean O’Malley) to release these names,” he said.

He said he can’t understand why the names haven’t been released and wants to be part of the effort to get the Boston Archdiocese to release the names.

“We can’t put our heads in the sand,” he said.

Murray said the council would be remiss in staying silent because the primary goal of the church should be to protect the children and not let even one more be molested. He said Holy Family Church has taken steps to ensure that children are protected, including establishing a protocol for adults when they interact with children.

Speakers will include attorney Tom Nuttall, a local member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, and Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of www.bishopacccountability.org, a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation that documents the abuse crisis in the Catholic church on the Internet. Murray, who will serve as moderator, expects a spirited meeting.

A member of the church since 1994 and member of its pastoral council for two years, Murray said the catalyst for the forum, expected to be the first of several information and discussion sessions to be scheduled on topics related to the clergy abuse issue, was a letter from a parishioner.

Murray said all are welcome to attend the forum.

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