Press Release



Press Release


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Release
Giving Voice to Victims


For immediate release:
Wednesday, April 13, 2005

For more information:
In Rome:

Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP founder and president (in Rome) 312 399 4747
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (in Rome) 39 334 180 7425
(Both are staying at the Grand Hotel Tiberio at Via Lattanzio 51)

In the US:
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director (314) 566 9790 cell
Mark Serrano of Washington DC, SNAP national board member (571) 223 0042 work
Peter Isely of Milwaukee, SNAP national board member (414) 429 7259 cell
Mary Grant of Long Beach CA, SNAP western regional director (626) 419 2930

Sex Abuse Victims To Name Predator Priests In/Near Rome

US-Based Group Upset About Molesters Moving

They Urge Church Officials To Warn Catholics, Tourists

At a news conference, clergy molestation victims will
- name and discuss several accused sexually abusive clerics who live and work in and around the Vatican, and
- publicly urge Catholic officials to warn parishioners and the public about these men

Wednesday, April 13, 2:30 p.m. (Rome time)

Inside or outside the Hotel Michaelangelo, Via della Stazione di S.Pietro (near the Vatican) in Rome

Two US women who were sexually molested by priests and are leaders of the largest American support group for sexual abuse victims - SNAP - the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (a Chicago-based self-help organization of 5,000+ members)

Two award-winning US journalists have identified and written extensively about several diocesan and religious order clerics who are from other countries but now work and/or live in and/or near the Vatican, despite facing credible allegations of sexual abuse. Some face multiple accusations and even civil litigation or criminal prosecution.

SNAP is the USA's largest support group for people victimized by clergy.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests