Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Irish clergy sex abuse & cover up report delayed ; Sex abuse victims respond

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)

We’re disappointed by this delay. Every day that child molesting clerics and their complicit colleagues and supervisors remain hidden is a day that children are needlessly put in harm’s way.

We are also deeply saddened for Irish clergy sex abuse victims and their loved ones, who need and deserve for the truth to be told – thoroughly but quickly- about these horrific crimes and cover ups.

While we are grateful to Irish government officials for undertaking these investigations, we urge them to move as fast as possible for the protection of the vulnerable and healing of the wounded.

(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)

Cloyne abuse report delayed

23/06/2010 - 08:30:32

The report into the handling of abuse allegations in Cloyne has been delayed.

The Commission of Investigation probe is now not expected until the end of October.

A damming report in 2008 found that child protection measures in the diocese of Cloyne were putting young children at risk.

It described practices there as inadequate and, in some respects, dangerous and led to Bishop John Magee stepping down from his duties.

The matter was referred to the Dublin Commission of Investigation, with its report was expected to be released over the summer.

However the report has been delayed due to "secretarial" issues regarding its release.

A meeting of priests in the diocese to prepare for its publication had been scheduled for Friday. It is not known whether that meeting will now go ahead.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests