The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

Statement Regarding the Appointment of the
New Bishop of Nashville, David Choby

December 20, 2005

SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests) wishes to issue the following statement concerning the appointment of the new bishop of Nashville

"We wish the new bishop well and stand ready to work with him to safeguard kids.

We would feel more optimistic about the new bishop had he come from another diocese. A fresh set of eyes on these matters can be helpful.

Now is not the time for complacency. Often it's tempting for Catholics to assume a new bishop will be more compassionate and forthcoming on sexual abuse than his predecessor was. That's an unwise assumption to make. We beg parishioners to judge the new bishop by his actions, not his words, and by their observations, not their hopes.

The cover-up of horrific clergy sex crimes in any one diocese is never the work of one individual. Therefore, no one individual can magically usher in a new day. It's important that all of us remain dedicated and vigilant to healing the wounded and protecting the vulnerable, no matter who heads a particular diocese."


Contact information:
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell
Mike Coode, Nashville Coordinator of SNAP of Tennessee, 615-364-2334
David Brown, Memphis Coordinator of SNAP of Tennessee, 865-569-4500
Susan Vance, Co-director of SNAP of Tennessee - 865-748-3518
Ann Brentwood Co-director of SNAP of Tennessee, 865-607-6119

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests