The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, November 15, 2010
Sex abuse victims blast Boston Cardinal for "callousness"
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, [email protected])
It’s distressing to see Cardinal O’Malley acting so callously toward hundreds of wounded Irish clergy sex abuse victims and thousands of betrayed Irish Catholic parishioners who have been hurt by the actions and inactions of two complicit Irish bishops.
There’s no law that mandates O’Mahony and Walsh sharing the altar with O’Malley. O’Malley could easily have insisted that these two controversial and corrupt clerics step aside for this event. But O’Malley did what so many Catholic officials have done for so long: he put the comfort of his colleagues above the healing of victims.
This isn’t complicated. If you want or claim to be help abuse victims, then don’t honor those who enabled the abuse.
(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, [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])
Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 08:18 PM
Boston Cardinal O'Malley slammed for Irish mass said with two bishops named in abuse report
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, has been slammed by the spokeswoman of an abuse victims group for his celebration of Mass in Dublin yesterday with two bishops named in the Murphy child abuse report.
O'Malley is in Dublin as part of a Vatican mission to examine how the post-sex abuse church is enforcing new guidelines.
The Murphy report was deeply critical of how the Dublin archdiocese handled the abuse issue
However, O'Malley concelebrated mass with Bishop Dermot O’Mahony and Bishop Éamonn Walsh who were both criticized in the report.
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin had fired both men but they were later reinstated by the Vatican.
Martin also took part in the mass
Dublin abuse victim Marie Collins said the Archbishop's decision was s “a very poor start” to his visitation and sent out “a very, very bad message."
She was speaking to The Irish Times.
She said “Bishop O’Mahony has never shown any regret, nor has he accepted the Murphy report findings”.
Cardinal O’Malley met with Collins and other Dublin=based abuse victims on Sunday.
She said he “appeared sincere and very open”, she said, but “there’s no way of knowing. I’ve been in that situation many times before.”
Cardinal O’Malley was appointed archbishop of Boston in 2003 and won widespread praise for how he handled the abuse issue there after the controversial role of his predecessor Bernard Cardinal Law.
He said he been sent by the pope as apostolic visitor to Dublin “to verify the effectiveness of the present processes used in responding to cases of abuse.”
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is also in Ireland examining the vocations crisis there.
The Murphy report found that Bishop O’Mahony’s handling of allegations e was “particularly bad”.
He was Auxiliary bishop of Dublin from 1975 to 1996.
The Murphy report stated that he was aware of 13 priests against whom there were allegations or suspicions by 1995 but did very little.
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