PA--No Bail for Philly cleric

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 4

Statement by Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267 992 9463, [email protected]

Under no circumstances, we believe, should Father Mark Haynes be set free, no matter what restrictions the court may impose. Like most predator priests, he is well educated, well spoken, charming, and cunning. He should be given no more chances to intimidate victims, threaten whistleblowers, discredit witnesses, fabricate alibis, destroy evidence or even flee the country.  

Archbishop Charles Chaput should personally visit each place this priest worked, begging victims, witnesses whistleblowers to call law enforcement immediately.  For the safety of others, we in SNAP implore everyone who may have information or suspicions about any Philly cleric to call police or prosecutors now. 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have 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, [email protected], Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, [email protected]  

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