The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement


Sex abuse victims respond to news re notorious
Mexican pedophile priest

For immediate release:
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

This is a long overdue, bare minimum step driven by public relations concerns. The Cardinal must do much more to make kids safe. He should start by using every means possible to warn Catholics about this dangerous predator and urge church employees and members to report any clergy sex crimes to police.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 17 years and have more than 7,000 members across the country. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home)
Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747)
Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)
Mary Grant (626-419-2930)
Mark Serrano (703-727-4940)

Mexican news mag Proceso is reporting that the Mexican Catholic Church is suing Nicolas Aguilar Rivera in the Vatican under Canon Law. Cardinal Rivera has signed the documents, Proceso says. Story says it's the first time anyone knows of in which the Mexican Church is taking that route against a priest accused of sex abuse.

"There's too much evidence," says Mario Alvarado, the priest who is advising Cardinal Rivera on the suit.





Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests