The Archdiocese of Washington DC (ADW) wants to thwart the will of the people of Maryland by declaring the CVA unconstitutional.

The Archdiocese of Washington DC (ADW) wants to thwart the will of the people of Maryland by
declaring the CVA unconstitutional.

ADW speaks out of both sides of its mouth after relying on funds obtained by the retroactive
application of asbestos civil cases.

The CVA was passed unanimously in the Maryland legislature and rapidly signed by the governor

WHAT: A sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors and advocates who are part of SNAP, the Survivors
Network of those Abused by Priests, will demand that the ADW stop their immoral and unethical
practices of re-abusing and re-traumatizing survivors by attempting to have the Child Victims’ Act (CVA)
declared unconstitutional. In 2017 the ADW, along with the other two dioceses in Maryland quietly
snuck in a provision to the child abuse statutes that seemingly treated child abuse under statute of
repose restrictions. This seemingly prevented the ability for child abuse lawsuits from EVER being
resurrected through any retroactive changes in the statutes. However, even first year law students
understand that you can pretend to call a pig a duck, but that doesn’t make it a duck. Child abuse simply
does not follow the definition of repose. The ADW is doing this despite the fact that about 25 years ago,
they not only benefited from but actually encouraged the legislature to amend the existing statute of
repose for asbestos so that they, the ADW, could sue for retroactive damages, which they did.

WHEN: Wednesday 3/6/24 at approximately noon (immediately following the hearing scheduled to start
at 10 AM)

WHERE: In main entrance of the Prince George Circuit Courthouse - 14735 Main St, Upper Marlboro,
MD 20772. The main entrance is around the back side of the building where the shuttle buses drop of

WHO: Abuse survivors and advocates, including the Maryland SNAP member Teresa Lancaster and
Maryland SNAP Director David Lorenz, who call out the lies and half truths being promulgated by the

WHY: Specifically, SNAP is requesting the following:

The ADW should drop its immoral and two-faced opposition to the CVA
Urge the court reject the the appeal from the ADW and uphold the legislative intent.
Encourage the court to recognize that child abuse is NOT an issue of repose and children should not be
treated as a product liability
Call on Archbishop Gregory to call off his legal hound dogs and treat victims as human beings instead
of a monetary liability

CONTACT: Dave Lorenz, SNAP Maryland ([email protected], 301-906-9161), Teresa Lancaster,
SNAP Member, 410- 703- 9122. [email protected]  Mike McDonnell, Interim Executive Director
([email protected], 267-261-0578

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional
settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network.
Our website is

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