RI-- Victims blast RI Catholic settlement & secrecy

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 3

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

We’re sad that a lawsuit against a discredited and credibly-accused corrupt Catholic group has settled out of court, especially because once again these selfish and manipulative church officials have been able to pay off accusers and hide their wrongdoing.


The Legion of Christ has been and remains an incredibly wealthy, secretive, unhealthy and cult-like organization. Its officials and members have sexually and financially preyed on the vulnerable. Its lawyers have successfully kept these crimes and misdeeds concealed.

We suspect that this secret settlement has brought some measure of justice and closure to the family of James Boa-Teh Chu. But it has also once again enabled Legion officials from having to face tough questions under oath in open court about their self-serving and immoral practices.

(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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790, [email protected], Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, [email protected]  

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