The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Thursday, October 28, 2010
TN priest pleads "innocent;" SNAP responds
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])
Bishop Stika has a duty to be honest about Casey's status. Casey is a priest. He hasn’t been defrocked. He’s getting a diocesan pay check. He may also be getting health insurance, dental insurance, a car allowance, a housing allowance and other benefits.
There may or may not be efforts in process to defrock him. But for now, and likely for months to come, Casey is a priest. It’s deceptive for Stika to pretend otherwise. It’s wrong for Stika to keep silent when others misstate (intentionally or unintentionally) Casey’s status.
If Stika's has or keeps a perpetrator on the payroll, then he must keep that perpetrator away from kids - in remote, secure, professionally run, independent treatment facility so that children are safe.
Why should Stika keep predator priests on his payroll and claim to maintain 'control' over them if Stika doesn't actually exercise that control and safeguard kids and monitor predators?
Finally, what Stika calls Casey, and what Casey calls himself, is secondary. Our primary concern is that Casey be jailed so he can’t hurt others. So we beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Casey’s crimes to call police now. Silence helps predators and hurts kids. So please break your silence, find some courage, grab the phone, and call law enforcement, so the horrific crimes that Warren Tucker suffered won’t be repeated.
(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 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])
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests