The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Friday, September 3, 2010
Predator priest's extradition hearing delayed
Statement by Joelle Casteix, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434 cell)
We are sure this delay is frustrating to Irish victims and law enforcement. It could, however, have a silver lining. When child molesting clerics benefit from a slow-moving justice system, it sometimes prompts others who have been victimized into coming forward, reporting crimes and helping prosecutors. We hope this happens in the McCabe case.
We believe there are others in California, and perhaps elsewhere in the US, who were sexually assaulted by this sick priest. We believe they can help heal themselves and help protect others. All it takes is summoning the strength and courage to pick up the phone, share the secret, and notify the law. Let’s hope others who were hurt by McCabe will use this delay to take this critical step forward.
(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 10,000 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Priest sex abuse extradition hearing delayed
A former Roman Catholic priest awaiting extradition to Ireland on charges he sexually assaulted six boys while a priest during the late 1970s and early 1980s appeared in federal court Thursday and learned his extradition hearing would be further delayed.
Magistrate Maria-Elena James set a hearing for Sept. 23 to determine whether her court has jurisdiction over Patrick Joseph McCabe's case. A final extradition hearing is tentatively set for Nov. 2.
McCabe, 74, is being held in an Alameda County Jail. He suffers from a number of health problems, his attorney, David Cohen, said after the hearing.
"I don't think the court wants to oversee the deterioration of Mr. McCabe in jail," he said.
McCabe faces charges in Ireland, where no statute of limitations exists for his alleged crimes.
In the United States, two Eureka men filed lawsuits in the past two weeks against the Santa Rosa Diocese, where McCabe worked during the 1980s.
The men, who are not named in the lawsuits, say McCabe sexually abused them while they attended a church in Eureka and that Catholic officials knew of previous allegations against him.
This article appeared on page C - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle
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