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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Victims blast Cardinal's on-going secrecy regarding predators

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)

Why must it always fall to victims to expose dangerous child molesting clerics?

It's been almost a full decade since Cardinal O'Malley and his colleagues pledged to be "open and transparent" about pedophile priests. It's been nearly 2.5 years since O'Malley promised to disclose the names of child molesting clerics. Yet still we keep learning about predators from other sources- despite O'Malley, instead of from O'Malley.

If ever there's an archdiocese that should have 'come clean' with the identities of sex offender staff, it would be Boston. It speaks volumes that even in the original 'epicenter' of this continuing crisis, the top Catholic official is still being secretive and reckless.

(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.therepublic.com/view/story/7dc7a61bd67941538c94beac82ed1b66/MA--Church-Abuse/

Mass. group discloses new names of accused priests, pushes O'Malley for full list

BOSTON — A watchdog group frustrated that Cardinal Sean O'Malley hasn't released a promised list of suspected pedophile priests in Boston is disclosing the names of nine previously unnamed alleged abusers, all believed to be deceased.

Meanwhile, the group BishopAccountability.org on Thursday urged the head of a powerful lay advisory committee, the archdiocese's review board, to pressure O'Malley to act.

In March 2009, O'Malley wrote he was considering improving policy on releasing information about accused clergy. The archdiocese said Thursday it's made "substantial progress" on what it called an "important undertaking," but did not indicate when the list might be released

Clergy sex abuse victims say the public airing of an alleged abuser's name is a vital step toward healing.


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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