MN - Catholic officials want more secrecy; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 13, 2013

Statement by Frank Meuers, Minnesota SNAP leader, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  (

Minnesota Catholic officials want a judge to give them a break and slow down the forced disclosure of names of priests who are accused of abuse. That’s irresponsible.

Any such delay would endanger kids. These accused priests have already been protected and hidden and transferred for decades. No good comes from further delay.

Delays give those who commit and conceal child sex crimes more chances to intimidate victims, threaten whistleblowers, discredit witnesses, destroy evidence, invent alibis and practice “spin.” That’s why it’s irresponsible to give secretive and self serving Catholic officials - who have already shown, time and time again, a decades-old pattern of jeopardizing kids and protecting predators – any more time to keep the identities of dangerous and potentially dangerous child molesters hidden.

Every day the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics are kept secret, innocent children are at risk.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Bob Schwiderski, SNAP Minnesota director (952 471 3422[email protected])

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