Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, March 24, 2011

US bishops’ president offers more “empty words”; SNAP responds

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

How many more vague, unenforceable promises of reform will America’s bishops offer in place of real action to protect kids?

It’s been nearly a decade since US prelates pledged to change, yet in the one diocese where a real investigation happens, a DA finds 37 credibly accused child molesting clerics kept in active parish ministry until just a few weeks ago.

Maybe 20 years ago, a pledge like this latest pledge might have convinced a few Catholics. But that era of naïve trusting parishioners has long passed. Action protects kids, not promises. And action, real action, on child sex crimes and cover ups by America’s bishops is still lacking.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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])

US bishops renew vow to oust predator priests


PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. Catholic bishops are renewing their vow to oust predator priests, weeks after a grand jury accused the Philadelphia archdiocese of keeping 37 problem priests on the job.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says reforms adopted by the U.S. bishops in 2002 must not be "derailed."

The statement Thursday does not name the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

But the statement from Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York refers to "recent disclosures about the church's response" to priest-abuse complaints.

Dolan, the group's president, says fellow bishops asked him to reassure Roman Catholics that protecting children remains their top priority

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