SNAP Applauds Creditors Committee in New Orleans Bankruptcy
We applaud the efforts of the New Orleans Archdiocese creditors committee. The group is pushing back against archdiocesan officials, pressing them to make secret church documents public. We know that transparency is a key part of prevention and we hope the creditors committee is successful in their fight.
Institutions do not change on their own, they change when they are forced to by the public. This is especially true when dealing with an institution as ancient and monarchical as the Catholic Church. Too often, church officials are able to shrug off needed change by keeping details about clergy abuse and cover-ups hidden. One way they do this is by filing for bankruptcy. Fortunately, in this case, there is a committee of creditors who are using their power to push for transparency.
We are grateful to the members of this committee, we support them in their efforts, and we look forward to the day when parishioners and the public are actively informed by Catholic officials instead of being deliberately left out of the loop.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)