The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

Statement Regarding Vatican Action
to Discipline Legionaries Founder


May 19, 2006

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis (314) 566 9790 cell
National Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Today's news vindicates the courageous, long-suffering and heroic men who have lived for decades with deep pain caused by Maciel's crimes.CONTACT
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566 9790 cell

We cannot thank them enough for their persistence in exposing this shrewd, dangerous predator.

It's an especially meaningful vindication because the Legion has long mounted a mean-spirited and duplicitous vilification campaign against these brave, wounded men that has been relentless and hurtful.

Still, we hope Vatican official will go further and remove Maciel from the priesthood. It's hard to imagine a single act that would more strongly show that child sex crimes within the church will not be tolerated. Voluntary restrictions on Maciel will, to some, seem 'too little, too late.'




Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests