Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Lansing predator priest is exposed; SNAP responds

Another Lansing predator priest is exposed; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris Outreach Director 314 862 7688

We applaud the brave Lansing area victims of predator priests who are coming forward to expose terrible crimes. We hope their actions will help each of them in the long, tough recovery process that follows heinous childhood victimization. And we hope their courage will inspire others who have been violated to reach out, get help, expose predators, protect kids, and heal more.

The bishop's claim that charges against Slowey can't be "substantiated" is baloney.

There's an easy way for bishops to get at the truth in child sex allegations: disclose them, and urge anyone with information that could prove or disprove the accusation to come forward. That's essentially what bishops have promised - to be "open" about child sex cases. That's clearly what bishops could do - they have websites and PR staffs and parish bulletins and diocesan newspapers. But that's still what bishops virtually never do, preferring instead to quietly settle cases behind closed doors and hope that the crimes and cover ups remain covered up.

We hope others who have been hurt by Michigan clerics will seek out independent sources of help, and call secular officials, not church officials.

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