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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, May 16, 2011

Case against Louisville Catholic archdiocese dismissed; SNAP responds

Statement by Colleen Powell of Louisville, spokesperson for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

A Kentucky judge has dismissed the Weiter family’s case against the Louisville Catholic archdiocese which charges that church officials harbored a priest under investigation for child sexual abuse at an active parish where children were, and then fired the parish bookkeeper when she tried to get him removed.

We're disappointed that Catholic officials have succeeded, for now, in shielding the truth by exploiting a legal technicality.

The First Amendment, we believe, was intended to protect religious belief, not criminal behavior. If Catholic officials truly believe they’ve done no wrong, why don’t they defend themselves on the merits, instead of taking advantage of loopholes to deny this brave couple their day in court.

Now more than ever it’s crucial that current and former church members and employees, who have seen, suspected and suffered clergy misdeeds in Louisville step up, speak up, expose wrongdoing and protect others.

(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])

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests