Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, June 28, 2010

Clergy sex victims welcome resignation in Belgium

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach California, Western Regional Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434 cell, [email protected])

We’re glad Mr. Adriaenssens has stepped down from a church abuse committee. While he may be a very good psychologist, he and his colleagues were clearly unwilling to do their basic civic and moral duty: contact police about dangerous child predators.

Adriaenssens’ panel, by most indications, was moving slowly and erring on the side of secrecy rather than openness.

The confidentiality of victims is extremely important. But the safety of kids is even more important. And if the police raid helps expose even one child molesting cleric or complicit church official, or deters future recklessness, callousness and deceit by Catholic bishops, it will have been well worth it.

We can’t recall a single instance in which law enforcement officials have ever violated the privacy of clergy sex abuse victims. We know of a number of instances, however, in which church officials have violated the privacy of clergy sex abuse victims.

(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, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Belgium church panel on sex abuse shuts after raid


BRUSSELS — The head of a panel set up by the Catholic Church in Belgium to investigate clerical sex abuse says the panel is shutting down after a police raid last week.

Panel chairman Peter Adriaenssens says the authorities betrayed the trust of nearly 500 victims who had made complaints over the past two months. He said Monday the panel had been used as bait by state prosecutors eager to talk to victims who were reluctant to make complaints to police.

Authorities seized church documents and computers, detained bishops and even opened up a prelate's crypt on June 24.

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called the police raids "deplorable." It was his first public comment on the deepening diplomatic rift between Belgium and the Vatican.

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