MN--$5 million spent on archdiocesan bankruptcy

For immediate release: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

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

We’re deeply saddened – but not surprised - by the news that $5 million has been spent on the St. Paul archdiocesan bankruptcy. It’s tragic how much bishops will spend to keep their abuse cover ups covered up.  

We’re convinced that church officials seek Chapter 11 protection to preserve their reputations, not their assets. They’ve learned that bankruptcy stops all lawsuits, discovery and depositions enabling church staff who are concealing child sex crimes to keep concealing child sex crimes.

We hope St. Paul Catholics will donate more generously than ever, but will give to institutions that prevent and expose child sex crimes, not to their archdiocese.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. 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 by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Frank Meuers of Plymouth MN, SNAP director Southern Minnesota (952-334-5180[email protected]), Verne Wagner of Duluth, SNAP director Northern Minnesota (218-340-1277,[email protected])

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