UT--Pope Francis names Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles Oscar Solis as Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Victims Respond
For immediate release, January 10, 2017
Bishop Oscar Solis spent a little more than a decade in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles—a decade marred by expensive and embarrassing public relations nightmares under Cardinal Roger Mahony, years-long legal battles to keep evidence of sexual abuse secret from victims and the public, and little to no pastoral outreach to hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by dozens and dozens of Los Angeles priests. We hope that his leadership in Salt Lake City will be very different.
When new bishops take office, many Catholics bend over backwards to give them the benefit of every doubt. We hope that doesn’t happen here. Complacency protects no one. Only vigilance protects the vulnerable. We hope people in Utah will make Solis earn their trust. We urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches, schools or other institutions to report abuse and get help.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 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 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)