Hearing on Emails in Saints Case to be Public, SNAP Responds
A state hearing before a court-appointed special master that will discuss emails exchanged by the New Orleans Saints and Catholic officials from the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be open to the public. We applaud this decision and are grateful that the public will have the opportunity to be involved in the next step of this critical battle for transparency.
The decision to make the hearing before the special master public is a civil rights win for survivors and will hopefully lead to more transparency in a case that has centered on that exact subject. Allowing an open hearing as the special master hears arguments on whether or not to share with the public emails exchanged by Saints PR professionals and Catholic officials is a good step forward. Now we hope that the special master will decide to make public those emails, a subject that is clearly of public interest in New Orleans.
Throughout this process, Saints staff has claimed that they had no input in crafting the incomplete and under-counted list of abusive clergy released by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. We hope that the special master will put that claim to the test by releasing these emails and letting the public see the truth of the matter. We look forward to next week’s hearing and are hopeful that transparency will win once again.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)