The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

Sex abuse victims respond to Cardinal Mahony's
announced property sale


For immediate release:
Tuesday, May 15, 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)

We strongly suspect this is more public relations than fundraising. The overwhelming majority of bishops have more than enough insurance coverage to adequately deal with child sex abuse and cover up cases. Yet as trials loom and talks progress, they almost always feign poverty and take small, symbolic steps to foster that misconception.

We believe this is motivated by the first trials that are finally scheduled to begin next month.

If Mahony wants to better manage his archdiocesan wealth, we suggest he insist that he stop his high-priced lawyers' hardball legal maneuvers and far-fetched legal theories that are designed protect the Cardinal's secrets and reputation, to wear down already wounded abuse victims and to delay justice, healing, and truth-telling for everyone involved.

Mary Grant (626-419-2930), Joelle Castiex (949 322 7434), Steve Sanchez (818 262 6540), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940)



Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests