Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Papal visit w/ Irish bishops ends; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago IL, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)

It’s heart-breaking that the resignation of callous, deceptive bishops wasn’t even discussed at this meeting.

Words come easy to Vatican officials, who time and time again tell us they’re allegedly upset about clergy sex crimes and cover ups. But if they were as upset as they claim about clergy sex crimes and cover ups, there would be more than just words. But actions – like the papal nuncio sitting down with Irish leaders or deceitful bishops resigning – are rare, while verbal posturing is frequent.

Would bishops’ resignations suddenly “fix” everything? Of course not. Would they be long-overdue, tangible steps toward deterring future recklessness, callousness and deceit? Absolutely.

When resignations don’t happen, church workers get a clear message: ‘Enable the rape of kids and your job is safe.’

All this is so hurtful to us because eight years ago, we saw the same timid, failed maneuvers by the church hierarchy: top US church officials going to Rome, obsession with blaming predators, little attention to corrupt bishops, repeated pledges of reform, but painfully little real change. It’s time that the church’s on-going and devastating crisis be effectively addressed on a global scale.

(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 22 years and have more than 9,000 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), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests