The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release:
Court Hearing: Whether Rockford, IL Bishop Must Turn Over
Documents Re: Priest Sex Abuse
Jane Doe v. Diocese of Rockford IL, Court Room #304, Judge Keith Brown.
Statement by SNAP leader Barbara Blaine of
"We applaud the courage of the victims of Father Mark Campobello who were sexually abused as teenagers in 1999 and 2000. Because they had the courage to speak out other youngsters are safe. Father Campobello is in jail and cant abuse any children now. (www.rickross.com/reference/clergy/clergy278.html )
In a hearing today Kane County Judge Keith Brown will hear arguments regarding whether Bishop Thomas Doran and the Diocese of Rockford must turn over records to attorneys for the victims in their civil case.
It is time for Bishop Doran to come clean. He has previously been found in contempt of court for his refusal to turn over documents to prosecutors in criminal proceedings against Campobello. (www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2004/2ndDistrict/May/Html/2030725.htm)
Bishop Doran should stop trying to use constitutional protections regarding separation of church and state to keep records hidden regarding felony criminal sexual abuse of children. The constitution was never intended to be used as an excuse to cover up sex crimes.
The victims deserve to know the truth. The larger catholic community can only begin to heal when the truth is exposed and confronted. The bishop should stop using every conceivable legal maneuver to keep secrets hidden and just cooperate with exposing the truth. The victims have been through so much that the least the diocese should do is to cooperate with the turning over of documents and information relating to priests sexually abusing children in the Rockford Diocese.
The priest, Campobello, pled guilty in 2004 to sexually abusing two teenage girls and is now in prison for those offenses. There is no question regarding the priests guilt so church officials should stop hiding behind legal technicalities while trying to evade responsibility for the horrendous crimes.
Bishop Dorans actions speak louder than his words. While he made pledges with his fellow bishops to a new era of openness and transparency his actions tell that his words hold empty promises. Dorans behavior says that he remains committed to secrecy.
We urge Bishop Doran to immediately stop using hardball legal tactics against abuse victims and take actions to promote healing. Healing begins with exposing the truth."
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