Diocese postpones more abuse healing services to 2018: Victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

Bishop Wall’s primary job as the Bishop of Gallup is leading his flock, holding Masses, and healing souls—not attending conferences and fundraisers. Why is he not doing his primary job for the people who need him the most?

Wall seems to be very good at honoring obligations that make him look good. However, with this latest announcement, we see that he is NOT very good at honoring obligations that don’t make him look good: non-monetary agreements in a years-long bankruptcy battle, promises to update the list of 31 credibly accused abusers, and simple actions to help the healing of survivors of sexual abuse.

Healing masses and visiting the parishes where clerics abused children are a “no-brainer” that has a profound healing effect on many survivors. In fact, this is something that Wall should have done early in his tenure. By postponing these services for fundraisers and conferences, Wall is telling victims he doesn’t really care. And because many of the victims are older and ill, these year-long  postponements may outlast the lifespans of many of the most hurt victims.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 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 (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com),  Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2017-03-13 19:32:13 -0500
    Maybe that is the strategy of the bishops: keep delaying dealing with survivors-after all there not youngsters anymore. Every year few more survivors will die and eventually the church will be off the hook.

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