NM--Clergy sex victims blast the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s new secrecy move

For immediate release: Thursday, April 27

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Managing Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network (314 503 0003[email protected] )

Santa Fe’s Catholic archbishop is doing the "same old, same old," - fighting in court to keep clergy sex crimes and cover ups covered up.

Several years ago, when speaking of the crisis, the then Pope told Irish bishops, "It is important to establish the truth of what happened." And under intense international pressure, the Pope pledged to "do everything possible" to prevent future child sex crimes. But apparently, Archbishop John Wester wasn't listening or disagrees. He's battling to prevent the truth from being exposed and potentially enable future child sex crimes by keeping secret about those who committed and concealed such horrors.


Wester continues the same, devastating and reckless practices that Catholic officials have engaged in for decades. We hope he'll read and heed his boss' promises and then reconsider his aggressive and expensive legal maneuvers.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org

Contact – Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434[email protected]),  Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003[email protected]), Melanie Sakoda, (925-708-6175[email protected])


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