MA--O’Malley must fire two staff & defrock one priest

For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 13

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected], [email protected])

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley must do more than let a priest, principal and teacher resign. He must defrock the cleric and fire the other two.   

Because O’Malley is the pope’s point man on abuse, his actions in this case will be widely scrutinized. And because he postures as a “reformer” on abuse, O’Malley must act swiftly and severely.

Nothing will more effectively deter future recklessness and secrecy in child sex cases than to publicly and permanently remove all three of these wrongdoers from any future work with the church in any capacity.

If there’s an archdiocese on the planet where refusing to promptly call police about child sex allegations should be most harshly punished, it’s Boston.

Child predators are often sick and compulsive individuals who have little control over their actions. Their crimes often can’t be deterred. Supervisors and colleagues, however, have no excuse whatsoever. They merely need to overcome their cowardice and call 911. Catholic staffers will do this if they see that those who refuse lose their careers.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790, [email protected], Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, [email protected]  

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  • Mike Skiendzielewski
    commented 2015-01-14 17:33:34 -0600
    “…..By taking this action today, we believe it serves as teaching moment for our entire community to reinforce once again the importance of staying vigilant in the protection of our children…..”

    Over 12 years into the clergy abuse scandal that broke in Boston in 2002 and hurrah for another “teaching moment”. There is a difference between a “teaching moment” and a “failure in leadership and supervision”. In this instance, which one applies? You make the call.
    By the way, it is NOT a teaching moment for “our entire community”. That phraseology is a specious attempt to “spread the blame” for the failure of Church leadership to protect our children and report IMMEDIATELY any allegation of sexual impropriety to local authorities.

    MANDATORY REPORTING”………..that’s not when you feel like doing it, or when you’re forced into doing it, or when you cannot hide it internally within the organization any longer……………………KIDS FIRST ALWAYS
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