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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, March 10, 2011

SNAP responds to ruling on LA clergy sex ruling

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

This isn’t about ‘ridiculing’ adults, it’s about protecting kids and deterring child sex crimes and cover ups.

Many of the men who ignored and concealed child sex crimes by clergy are still in the archdiocesan hierarchy, often in more influential positions now. Some of those who left are now in management jobs in other institutions, like schools. To ignore or shield their wrongdoing from public attention is to essentially endorse and encourage such wrongdoing.

Catholic parents and California citizens need and deserve to know who recklessly enabled and cunningly hid horrific crimes.

We hope the judge will ultimately lean toward even more disclosure. That’s what victims were promised. That’s what families deserve. That’s what families need. And that what protects children. The more the public knows about this ongoing scandal, the better off everyone will be.

(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])

Tentative ruling on release of priest files in sex-abuse litigation favours LA archdiocese

By Gillian Flaccus (CP) – 45 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A judge has made tentative decisions favouring the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on the issue of what will be released from confidential files kept on priests linked to alleged sex-abuse cases.

The retired judge presiding over a mediation process tentatively ruled Thursday that the files of priests who have only one unsubstantiated allegation against them will not be released.

The judge also ruled that names of church employees will be redacted.

Plaintiffs oppose the redaction because they believe church leaders covered up for abusive priests and the records will show that.

However, Judge Dickran Tevrizian says the plaintiffs are attempting to "embarrass or to ridicule" the archdiocese after it paid a $660 million settlement.

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