TX-- Former priest on trial for murder

For immediate release Monday, November 27

Statement by Barbara Dorris, [email protected]314 503 0003

We hope the trial of former priest John Feit for the 1960 murder of Irene Garza will bring peace to her family. We also hope that the outcome is just for all parties.


Now more than ever it is imperative that victims, witnesses and whistleblowers step forward and work with law enforcement. For too long, justice has been delayed in the Garza case. Justice delayed is justice denied.

We in SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, have followed this case closely for decades. As survivors of sexual abuse and experts in the continued cover-up of sexual abuse by institutions such as the Catholic Church, we know that this case will seem convoluted and that parts of it may discourage other victims from coming forward to talk about abuse. We want to make it clear that it is always safe to talk about abuse and cover-up, no matter the abuser.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Executive Director (314-503-0003[email protected]),  Joelle Casteix 949-322-7434[email protected] or Melanie Sakoda 925-708-6175 [email protected], Tim Lennon 415 312 5820 [email protected]

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