Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, May 27, 2011

Finn says “mistakes” - SNAP responds

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (913 634 6490, [email protected], [email protected])

Bishops are smart, well-educated men who have tons of resources, lawyers and public relations professionals. They aren’t stupid about abuse. They know what they’re doing.

Finn can’t claim this was a “mistake.” It wasn’t. It was a series of deliberate actions over more than a year to hide potential crimes from the people who needed and deserved to know about those crimes: police, prosectors, parishioners and the public.

We hope parishioners and the public will come next Thursday to our open meeting to discuss this awful case and get support, consolation and guidance. It will be Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 N.E. Antioch Road. People need and deserve to learn more about these troubling situation especially from more objective sources than Finn.

(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