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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, December 23, 2010

Convicted Houston predator priest causes controversy in Maine

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

A twice convicted predator priest, who molested at least one Houston child, is causing controversy in Maine where he lives in public housing and served, until recently, on a public panel despite his criminal past. Twice this month, including yesterday, the Bangor Daily News has written stories about Fr. Walter Dayton Salisbury. (See links below)

We believe Houston's Cardinal Daniel DiNardo should aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Salisbury's crimes, so that he might be prosecuted again and so that those suffering in silence might find healing.

For decades, Catholic bishops have passively sat back and done nothing, waiting for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to step forward. Eight years ago, bishops adopted a new policy and pledged to work harder to protect kids and help victims. DiNardo can honor these pledges and use his websites, parish bulletins and pulpit announcements to seek out others who may have information about Salisbury's crimes. Or he can do what he and his colleagues have done for decades and irresponsibly do nothing.

(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]),162191

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests