Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, February 17, 2011

SNAP blasts new Rigali plan

Statement by Mark Serrano of Washington DC, SNAP leader

Child sex abuse allegations against 37 credibly accused child molesting clerics still in Philly parishes should be re-examined, but by the DA, not by Rigali's hand-picked Catholic lawyer, especially not by a defense lawyer who specializes in helping institutions that face sex abuse charges.

We call on Rigali to give the files immediately to Philadelphia's DA. And we call on the DA to take steps to force Rigali to honor the four month old subpoena that Rigali and his colleagues are still ignoring.

Every single piece of paper, every single potential witness' name, every possible whistleblower's contact info should be turned over, not to a lawyer on Rigali's payroll, but to a prosecutor on the public's payroll.

These credibly accused predator priests should be suspended. And their cases should be examined by several independent professionals in law enforcement, not one biased cradle Catholic lawyer who has ties or loyalty to Rigali. (NOTE - Gina M. Smith is or was on the board of Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia.)

No group of accused criminals gets to pick the person who'll allegedly "re-investigate" them.

Rigali and his hand-picked people are leaving these 37 alleged criminals in parishes now. So why should we trust Rigali and one or two more of his hand-picked people now?

(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 23 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