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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, October 1, 2010

Lawsuit versus Pope moves forward; SNAP responds

Statement by Milwaukee SNAP leader Arthur Budzinski of West Allis, WI (survivor of childhood sexual assault at St. John’s School for the Deaf)

The decision by the Federal Court in Milwaukee to move forward in the fraud case against Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and two other top Vatican officials is one more hopeful sign that the truth about the hundreds of children, most of them deaf, who were sexually assaulted by Fr. Lawrence Murphy over many sad and terrible decades may finally be heard.

On behalf of my fellow classmates and survivors from St. John’s we are asking today that archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee personally join us in urging Pope Benedict to fully cooperate with the Milwaukee Federal judge in this case. This means that the Pope and Cardinals Bertone and Sodono should accept the summons being requested by Milwaukee US federal Judge Rudolf T. Randa.

We hope that this will lead, swiftly, to the release by the Vatican of all the documents related to child sex abuse in this and all other cases the Holy See has been involved in. But also that the Pope himself, if required, will testify directly under oath concerning what he knew and what actions he did and did not take concerning Fr. Murphy’s crimes against us as children.

As Judge Randa writes, this request to the Holy See to summon the Pope and others in this case is “necessary in the interest of justice.”

Founded in 1989, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest ( is the world's oldest and largest organization of clergy sexual abuse survivors, with over 10,000 members and 72 chapters in the United States.

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