The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 13, 2011
SNAP comments in more detail regarding Cloyne findings
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1 312 399 4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
Below are some of the main points from the Cloyne report (from the Irish Times) and our brief response:
The Vatican was “entirely unhelpful” to any bishop who wanted to implement procedures for dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse in the Irish church.
Bishop Magee "took little or no active interest" in the management of clerical child sexual abuse cases until 2008, 12 years after the framework document on child sexual abuse was agreed by the Irish Bishops' Conference.
That some child sexual abuse allegations were not reported to gardaí was the diocese’s “greatest failure.”
There were 15 cases between 1996 and 2005 which “very clearly” should have been reported by the diocese, of which nine were not.
Given the diocese’s knowledge of clerical sexual abuse and its effects on complainants it was wrong of the diocese not to put in place a proper support system for complainants.
The response of health authorities was “adequate”, but the commission adds it is not convinced the State’s laws and guidelines are sufficiently strong and clear for child protection.
Now is no time for gardaí to be complacent. They too can and should work even harder.
What’s next? We desperately hope that other governments will launch similar investigations into Catholic dioceses. One reason thousands of kids were violated is because secular officials gave too much deference to church officials. So the least secular officials can do now is to help unearth the awful truth of this crisis, in the hopes of preventing similar deceit and wrong doing by others in the future.
(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 (+1-314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (+1-312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (+1-414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (+1-314-862-7688 home, +1-314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests