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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, December 13, 2010

Controversial Catholic group takes "tiny step," SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, [email protected])

This is a tiny, belated, and begrudging step that should have been taken at least four years ago, when Vatican officials finally slapped Maciel's hand for molesting dozens of children.'

Legion officials and defenders will no doubt try to depict this as some significant reform. It is not. It's a paltry and long-delayed reaction to horrific revelations of massive misdeeds by a corrupt man.

No other institution would treat a disgraced serial child molester with such honor, respect and deference for years. It speaks volumes about the mind-set of top Catholic officials that even this small step takes years to happen.

(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])

Published: Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 11:30 AM

Legion orders images of disgraced founder removed

The Associated Press - MEXICO CITY --

The Legionaries of Christ is ordering images of its disgraced founder removed from its buildings worldwide as part of Vatican-mandated reforms.

The conservative order says photographs showing the late Rev. Marciel Maciel alone or with the pope must be removed from its installations.

Maciel founded the influential Legion in Mexico in 1941. He was dogged for years by allegations that he abused seminarians. But it was only after his 2008 death that the order admitted the allegations were true and that Maciel had fathered three children.

The Legion also announced on its website Monday that it was prohibiting the celebration of Maciel's birthday. It also banned the sale of Maciel's writings inside Legion centers.

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