The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims seek Seattle archbishop’s help
They urge him to “aggressively seek out” those who hurt by clerics
Group prods prelate to “not split hairs” and do his “civic & moral duty”
Archdiocese has obligation, self help organization says, to “find others in pain”
SNAP maintains that Christian Bros bankruptcy filing is to “keep cover ups covered up”
They will also beg anyone who
Much of the wrongdoing happened at O'Dea High School in Seattle and the now-closed Briscoe Memorial School near Kent, both of which were run by the Christian Brothers. One of the accused sex offenders is Edward Courtney, an ex-brother who worked at O'Dea and at St. Alphonsus School (also in Seattle).
SNAP is asking Seattle Bishop Peter Sartain to use his vast resources to help find others who were sexually victimized by Christian Brothers throughout the Seattle area.
Sartain will distance himself and his archdiocese from the Christian Brothers, stressing that the two are separate legal entities. But according to church law, custom and practice, a bishop is responsible for the well-being of all Catholics in his jurisdiction. Because of this, SNAP maintains that Sartain has a moral and civic duty to aggressively seek out others who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes by Christian Brothers. This is especially true, the group argues, since the archdiocese own O’Dea High School.
Specifically, SNAP wants Sartain post announcements with the names and whereabouts of proven, admitted and credibly accused Christian Brothers child molesters on the archdiocesan website and in parish bulletins. This is especially important, the group feels, because a bankruptcy judge will set a ‘bar date’ after which those who were molested will likely find it much harder to get any help or justice. SNAP considers such a deadline “arbitrary and unfair” benefitting only Catholic officials.
Seattle attorney Mike Pfau represents many of those victimized by Christian Brothers clerics. He’s at (206) 462-4335, [email protected]
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests