Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, April 18, 2011

New aux bishop for Detroit; clergy sex abuse victims respond

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

When it comes to children’s safety, complacency protects no one, so we urge Detroit citizens and Catholics to stay vigilant. Fr. Jose Arturo Cepeda comes from the scandal ridden archdiocese of San Antonio, in our view, one of the most secretive and reckless archdioceses in the country in recent years.

In the last few years, church officials there have let at least two credibly accused child molesting clerics, Fr Charles Miller and Br Richard Suttle, live and work in San Antonio without warning the public or the parishioners. At best, Cepeda kept silent and at worst colluded in these irresponsible decisions.

Pope Benedict has recently appointed compromised clerics with terribly disappointing histories of ignoring and concealing horrific child sex crimes. So we are skeptical that Cepeda will make children safer. We hope facts prove us wrong.

Now more than ever it is important for anyone who has seen or suspected misdeeds by clergy to contact law enforcement. That anyone who has been harmed by clergy to come forward, reveal the abuse and begin healing.

(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
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