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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Victims "thrilled" that ex Chicago Catholic official losses

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President 312 399 4747

A former Chicago cleric, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, has been upset in his bid to head America's Catholic bishops. He has been at the center of a controversy over notorious Chicago predator priest Fr. DM.

It's impossible to know whether Kicanas' callous and reckless mishandling of the McCormack case contributed to his loss or not. But we can hope that his shocking defeat will help deter future clergy sex crimes and cover ups by the Catholic hierarchy.

We hope bishops who opposed Kicanas will find the courage to speak out and say why. We hope the election wasn't just a popularity contest, but rather a sign that maybe, just maybe, one complicit bishop is ever so slightly being held accountable for his role in recent, horrific crimes that he could have prevented.

(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

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])

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests