The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

Statement Regarding Pittsburgh Priest Pleads Guilty in Player's Death


Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago (312 399 4747)
Founder and President of SNAP

We are relieved and grateful that Fr Henry Krawczyk pled guilty today, and hope that probation officials keep a close watch on him.

We also hope that this step will provide some comfort to the family and friends of Billy Gaines, who have clearly suffered enough.

The Gaines family should be applauded for seeking straight answers and real justice though the time-tested court system. Through their courage and persistence, Pittsburgh Catholics may come to finally learn more about Krawczyk's past.

Finally, we hope that anyone who experienced, witnessed or suspected any misconduct Krawczyk will find the strength to come forward and report to law enforcement and get the help and healing they deserve.

For more information:
David Clohessy of St. Louis (314) 566-9790 cell
Barbara Blaine of Chicago (312) 399 4747 cell
Mark Serrano, SNAP Board Member 703 727 4940 cell, 703 771 9606
Peter Isely, SNAP Board Member 414 429 7259 cell, 414 963 8617

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests