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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SNAP warns LA Catholics re: new bishop

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell

Cardinal Roger Mahony has been so bad for so long, that many Catholics and citizens will simply assume that Archbishop Gomez must be better. We caution the public and parishioners against this tempting but somewhat dangerous assumption. It's especially dangerous given Gomez' recent troubling track record on clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Texas.

Complacency protects no one. Only vigilance ensures kids' safety.

Some victims, witnesses and whistleblowers who found Mahony and his top aides unresponsive, may now be tempted to share what they know about clergy sex crimes and cover-ups with Gomez. We urge them not to. Instead, it's much safer and more productive to contact independent sources of help, like police, prosecutors, therapists, and support groups like ours

(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)

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests