MO--Nuns rally around convicted KC bishop

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 26

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

A group of Missouri nuns is praising a convicted bishop. Unwittingly, they're making the church less safe and healthy, by contributing to a climate in which victims are reluctant to report child sex crimes.   

All adults, but especially those in the Catholic Church, have two choices: They can make it harder or easier to expose predators. But when clearly complicit church officials are praised, more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers give up and stay silent, fearing that those who conceal abuse will often be believed and supported while those who disclose abuse will be disbelieved and vilified.

We urge these nuns to act more compassionately and responsibly in the future.

(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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  • Iain Pattison
    commented 2014-11-27 18:07:43 -0600
    I agree with John Duffin, these nuns ARE delusional. It seems to me that the Roman Catholic System dislikes two sorts of people, children (obviously) and women. These nuns are lacking in confidence, they are indoctrinated/ritualised.
    I’m reading a very interesting book at the moment called The Book of Baruch by Justin, part of the Holy Nag Hammadi Library. No wonder the Roman Catholic System called and calls this book heresy.
    I think that God is great but the Roman Catholic System is not.
  • John Duffin
    commented 2014-11-26 10:41:19 -0600
    Thank you David for all of your hard work from you and the SNAP team.
    Wishing every member of SNAP a happy thanksgiving.
    About the nuns. They are delusional. They are blinded by their indoctrination of their religion.
    If you show me enough evidence, you can convince me of a lot of things.
    The catholic church has convinced me that they are incapable of moving forward with compassion and reason in the regards of child safety.
    All they think about is the church. What ever is best for the church.
    Not what best for the children, child safety, or any kind of morality.
    Please take the time and watch Sam Harris at Noter-dame. Youtube.
    Please watch ‘God Is NOT Great’ by Christopher Hitchens.
    Religion is not moral. It is the exact opposite. It is the most immoral thing you can be. You must somehow, rise above your childhood indoctrination, for the good of humanity, and realize the mistakes we have made.

    Best wishes,

    John Duffin.
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