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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Boston Archbishop Meets With Church Abuse Victims; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine SNAP President 312 399 4747

This is what O'Malley excels at: small, easy, symbolic gestures that at best protect no one and change nothing or at worst give short term comfort to a few but eventually often lead to more feelings of betrayal.

Private meetings between bishops and victims give church officials great public relations. They do not prevent one clergy sex crime or unearth one clergy sex cover up. They don’t expose one predator or discipline one enabler or deter one wrong-doer.

O’Malley often makes a great first impression. He’s severely and sadly lacking, however, in real reform, prevention and follow through.

(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])

Boston Archbishop Meets With Church Abuse Victims

By Deborah Becker - Nov 17, 2010, 9:39 AM UPDATED 1:05 PM

BOSTON — Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley met with victims of abuse in Dublin Tuesday. It was part of his assignment from Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the Irish church’s response to its massive clergy sex abuse crisis.

Maeve Lewis is one of the abuse victims who met with the cardinal. She says she came away with the impression that O’Malley “genuinely” wanted to understand the problem and make a difference.

“I would like the church to finally accept that there is a grave institutional issue in terms of the way sex-abusing priests have been handled,” Lewis says.

The Vatican plans to issue a summary of findings after the investigation is complete.

Lewis spoke with WBUR’s Deborah Becker on Tuesday’s Morning Edition, by phone from Dublin, to talk about that meeting.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests