The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims blast bishop
They urge Catholic prelate to “reach out”
He should urge anyone hurt by friar to “come forward”
Cleric was arrested last seek but was convicted four years ago
Self help group challenges Venice church officials to take action
And SNAP wants local diocese to post names of predator priests on its websites
The group will also beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups to call police, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.
Wert is believed to have molested other kids in Florida, according to local police.
SNAP wants Venice Bishop Frank J. Dewane to work hard to find and help anyone who may have been hurt by the friar. Specifically, the group is urging him to personally visit churches near the home where Wert was living, and beg those with information or suspicions about Wert to contact police. SNAP is urging Dewane to put notices in every parish bulletin and on every parish website with the same message.
The group also wants the prelate to urge Wert’s direct supervisors, a Catholic religious order known as the Carmelites, to put him in an independent, professionally-run facility for sex offenders.
Finally, SNAP is urging Dewane to do what 24 other bishops have done, and post on his website, for the sake of public safety, the names, whereabouts and priestly status of child molesting clerics who are or have been in the Venice area (whether they worked for the diocese or not, are dead or alive, or are proven, admitted or credibly accused clerics).
According to a Boston-based independent research group called BishopAccoutnabilty.org, there are 10 publicly accused Venice diocesan child molesting clerics. (The actual number of Venice area pedophile priests is likely much higher because BishopAccountability.org lists only those clerics against whom allegations have been lodge in the public domain – in civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution or news accounts.
In 2002, Baltimore became the first US diocese to disclose names. A good current example is the Philadelphia archdiocese: http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm. Here is a list of all the dioceses that have disclosed names: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm
The Diocese of Venice public relations person is Bob Reddy (941-486-4701 office, 941-483-6811 cell, [email protected])
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests