Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement


Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007

Competency hearing slated for accused priest

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)

The brave victim of Fr. John Szantyr has suffered long enough. Thirty three times this predator and his shrewd lawyer have evaded justice. We hope that the November hearing will finally begin to bring some healing and closure for this wounded victim, and that Szantyr is soon behind bars where he belongs.

Szantyr's lawyer should publicly disclose anything that backs up his alleged claim that this molester may be ill.

But regardless, ailments neither cure predators nor stop them from raping again. Only the most naive would assume Szantyr is no longer dangerous.

(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)



Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests