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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, May 17, 2010

Vatican rejects appeals by closed Boston churches; SNAP responds

Statement by David Clohessy Executive Director of SNAP 314 566 9790

Sadly, these persistent Catholics are painfully learning what clergy sex abuse victims discovered long ago and re-learn often - that internal church processes protect the church hierarchy and virtually no one else.

(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. 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), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Vatican rejects appeals by closed Boston churches


BOSTON — The leader of an advocacy group for Roman Catholic parishes says the Vatican has rejected final appeals by 10 parishes that were closed by the Archdiocese of Boston.

Three of the 10 churches have had sit-ins going on round-the-clock for more than five years.

Peter Borre, co-chairman of the Council of Parishes, said Monday that the "highest level of the Vatican" rejected all 10 appeals.

The archdiocese announced the closings in 2004, citing falling attendance, a priest shortage and financial problems. The first vigil started that year at a church where parishioners refused to leave after what was supposed to be the final Mass.

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