MN--Twin Cities archbishop does “cram down” plan; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home,

We hope a Minnesota judge rejects the arrogant, stingy “cram down” plan put forth today by Twin Cities Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

It’s what we see time and time again: arrogant Catholic officials masquerading as ‘caring’ but insisting it’s ‘my way or the highway.’

It’s also offensive to see Hebda’s shrewdly but thinly veiled threat: Take what I’m offering or I’ll spend millions on lawyers and you’ll get even less. (“The longer the process lasts, more money is spent on attorneys’ fees and bankruptcy expenses; and, in turn, less money is available for victims/survivors.”) Not exactly the attitude or behavior of a compassionate shepherd.

Much of what Hebda’s saying is pablum. What, for instance, does he mean when he says “For over a year, we have worked cooperatively with others.” Huh?

No matter what courts or church officials do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

(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,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,


Twin Cities archdiocese files plan to settle with abuse victims

Sixteen months after filing for bankruptcy, archdiocese files a plan to compensate clergy abuse victims.

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune  MAY 26, 2016 

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed its financial reorganization plan in bankruptcy court Thursday, offering a strategy for regaining financial stability while compensating an expected 400 clergy abuse claims.

The plan calls for the creation of a $65 million trust fund for victims, which could  . . .

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