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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sex abuse victims blast DE bishop

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

While the Pope claims he’ll do “everything possible” to stop abuse, Delaware’s bishop is doing everything possible to overturn a child abuse prevention measure. While the Pope merely talks, Delaware’s bishop is taking action, but in the wrong direction: toward protecting pedophiles, not children.

Delaware’s Catholic bishop has three choices: stay neutral, side with child victims, or side with sex offenders. He’s choosing, as most of his brother bishops have and do, to side with sex offenders.

No matter how a court eventually rules on this motion, the bishop’s actions are indeed contemptible.

(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)

Contempt Motion Sought Against Diocese

RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press Writer
DOVER, Del. (AP) ― The official committee of unsecured creditors in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's bankruptcy case wants the judge to hold the diocese in contempt of court.

The committee, made up of alleged survivors of priest sexual abuse, argues in an emergency motion filed Tuesday that the diocese violated bankruptcy rules and the judge's orders by filing a brief in a state Supreme Court case.

The Supreme Court case involves a challenge to the constitutionality of a 2007 law that created a two-year window in which lawsuits previously barred by the passage of time could be filed by victims of alleged child sexual abuse.

The diocese filed a brief earlier this month in the Supreme Court supporting a religious order's challenge to the 2007 law.

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