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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Clergy sex victims blast DC archbishop as "disingenuous"

Statement by Mark Serrano, SNAP spokesman (703 727 4940)

Wuerl is being silly. It’s his decision to welcome a prelate who advocates recklessness and law-breaking into his archdiocese. He’s even planning to be on the altar with Castrillon Hoyos. To distance himself in such a disingenuous manner shows no integrity whatsoever.

We again call on Wuerl to dis-invite this radical, reckless church official who urges his colleagues to hide child sex cases from police.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world'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 globe. 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

Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003)

Abuse survivors protest cardinal's visit to DC

WASHINGTON — Advocates for victims of sexual abuse by priests are protesting plans by a retired Vatican cardinal to celebrate Mass in Washington, D.C.

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (dah-'REE-oh kah-stree-'YOHN OY'-ohs) is scheduled to celebrate a special Latin Mass on Saturday in honor of the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's inauguration.

The retired cardinal wrote a letter in 2001 congratulating a French bishop for shielding a priest who was convicted of raping minors.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has asked the pope and the archbishop of Washington to stop the cardinal's visit. They say it sends the wrong message.

The archdiocese says SNAP should take the issue up with the Paulus Institute, which is organizing the Mass. The institute didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests