The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) speak about the bankruptcy filing of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (AOB).
(For Immediate Release)
The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) speaks about the bankruptcy filing of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (AOB).
The AOB does not include parish assets in its declaration of assets but desires to have parishes protected by bankruptcy filing. They can’t have it both ways.
Survivors and supporters will attend the hearing to make their presence known to the bankruptcy judge followed by a protest at the Baltimore courthouse
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 AOB drop its bankruptcy filing in order to protect the patrimony of the Church. We will point out the hypocrisy of church officials. We will demand that survivors be allowed to tell their stories in open court because justice requires it. For those who suffered from child sex crimes committed in the Archdiocese, there is no upside to this cruel and, in our opinion, unjustified legal tactic. SNAP believes that children, not secrets and assets, are what need to be protected.
WHEN: Tuesday 10/3/23 noon
WHERE: In front of the United States District Court in Baltimore.101 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
WHO: Abuse survivors and advocates, including the Maryland SNAP Leader David Lorenz, call out the lies and half-truths being promulgated by the AOB
WHY: Specifically, SNAP is requesting the following:
The AOB withdraw the bankruptcy filing and provide justice to victims by allowing them to tell their story in open court if they wish
Petition the bankruptcy judge, Michelle Harner, to reject the bankruptcy filing given that it is premature and filled with inconsistencies.
Reach out to survivors and let them know that they are not alone and that there is support available to them
Once again call on Archbishop Lori to be transparent and open about the abusers within the Catholic Church as well as those officials who knowingly enabled and protected those abusers
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 35 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org.)