New Orleans Archbishop ignored review board findings; SNAP not shocked at the revelation

For immediate release: August 8, 2023

In an explosive report from The Guardian, it was revealed that in six cases the Catholic Archbishop of New Orleans, Gregory Aymond, ignored the findings of his own review board. In each of those six cases, the review board found the clergymen to be "credibly accused," but Archbishop Aymond not only disregarded this finding, he also concealed this information from parishioners and the public, despite pledges of "transparency."

We wish we could say that we are surprised at this revelation, but we are not. All too often Catholic hierarchs wax eloquently on how clergy crimes and cover-ups are a thing of the past, only to have outside investigations reveal something entirely different. We applaud The Guardian for exposing this ugly truth in New Orleans. As long as bishops continue to conceal the crimes of clerics, no one should feel complacent that their parish and their priest is safe. 

We hope that the faithful in New Orleans are watching and paying attention. We wonder how much longer they will continue to tolerate an institution that has time and again shown itself to be unworthy of their trust. Innocent lives will continue to be at risk as long as criminals continue to be concealed and protected. Children will continue to suffer unnecessarily as long as "zero tolerance" is nothing more than a myth. 

What else can be said? The Archdiocese of New Orleans is indeed bankrupt, morally bankrupt.

Contact: Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Director ([email protected], 925-708-6175), Mike McDonnell, SNAP Iterim Executive Director ([email protected], 267-261-0578)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 35 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is

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