Rome-- "Why the recent flurry of clergy sex moves?"

For immediate release Monday, June 15

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314-503-0003, [email protected]

With this recent flurry of movement on clergy sex abuse, we suspect that Francis' public relations advisors are trying hard to burnish his imagine prior to his US trip. But over the course of a long clerical career, Francis has ignored and concealed heinous crimes against kids and promoted or tolerated other clerics who are doing the same. One or two or three small steps doesn't erase decades of complicity.  

(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, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])  

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