IL- Cardinal George of Chicago passed away; SNAP responds
For immediate release April 17, 2015
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President and Founder - [email protected]; 312-455-1499 (office), 312-399-4747 (cell)
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Chicago's Catholics and everyone grieving the loss of Cardinal George, including the many members and supporters of SNAP who are faithful Catholics who relied on George for guidance and prayer.
We do not know how many children would not have had their innocence shattered by Fr Dan McCormack – and other predator priests- if George had done the right thing. Their preventable pain and suffering will, no doubt, haunt them for years to come.
We hope the lessons learned will be passed to George’s successors. During these difficult days for Chicagoland parishioners, we hope the faith that sustained George will provide consolation and peace to the Catholic community of Chicago.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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)