KY- SNAP leader says Louisville minister is lying

For immediate release: Thursday, May 22

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003,

Louisville's Rev. C.J. Mahaney is lying. He says he “cannot” speak during a civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. He knows that's simply not true. He can speak, but he's choosing not to.

Lawyers often advise clients to not talk publicly during litigation. But no one can deny another person his First Amendment rights. So again, Mahaney can talk about the serious and credible allegations that Sovereign Grace officials ignored and concealed heinous sex crimes against kids. He's simply choosing to do what's the safest and most convenient and comfortable for him – which is to remain silent. 

That's his choice. But he shouldn't try to fool people. He shouldn't deny that his self-serving silence is his doing, no one else's. 

And if he's lying about this – about his ability to speak – we can't help but wonder what else he may be lying about.

(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 18,000 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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