Chile- Priests played role in Chile’s stolen babies

For immediate release: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790,

As recently as 2005, Catholic priests may have helped steal babies.

The church in Chile is under investigation after revelations that priests played a role in stealing babies from unwed mothers. Our hearts ache for the mothers and innocent children that were irreparably hurt by this despicable practice.   

Unfortunately stealing babies from unwed mothers is not unique to Chile. Officials in Spain and Argentina have engaged in this horrible practice, often with Catholic Church staff involved. The right to a family is an inalienable human rights. The fact that so many women had this right stolen from them, especially at the hands of an institution meant to promote humanity, is appalling. 

We hope investigators uncover and expose the full truth about who was complicit in this horror. And we hope those individuals face the harshest punishment possible. We also hope those who were wounded by these callous actions will find some glimmer of hope and healing when the truth is revealed.

(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 25 years and have more than 15,000 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 

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,     

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