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Roman Catholic Church seeks to silence S.N.A.P.

Roman Catholic Church seeks to silence S.N.A.P.

New York Times reports that Roman Catholic bishops are trying to cripple and silence Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP):

…lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists.

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The network and its allies say the legal action is part of a campaign by the church to cripple an organization that has been the most visible defender of victims, and a relentless adversary, for more than two decades. “If there is one group that the higher-ups, the bishops, would like to see silenced,” said Marci A. Hamilton, a law professor at Yeshiva University and an advocate for victims of clergy sex crimes, “it definitely would be SNAP. And that’s what they’re going after. They’re trying to find a way to silence SNAP.”

Lawyers for the church and priests say they cannot comment because of a judge’s order. But William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, a church advocacy group in New York, said targeting the network was justified because “SNAP is a menace to the Catholic Church.” (ed. bold)

Mr. Donohue said leading bishops he knew had resolved to fight back more aggressively against the group: “The bishops have come together collectively. I can’t give you the names, but there’s a growing consensus on the part of the bishops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good lawyers to get tough. We don’t need altar boys.”

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Bill Dilworth

Much better title - when I read the original I thought the RCC was engaged in some sort of process of accountability, rather than the opposite.

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David Allen

That is a horribly misleading headline. Please change it to something like;

Roman Catholic Church seeks to silence victim's advocate organization

Bro. David

KONY 2012

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David Allen

That is a horribly misleading headline. Please change it to something like;

Roman Catholic Church seeks to silence victim's advocate organization

Bro. David

KONY 2012

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Peter Pearson

(Sorry, that was me who signed in on FB earlier--- first time mistake and it won't happen again.)

Accountability is the key here. Blame the victims, blame the organizations that advocate for the victims, blame anyone who is weaker and available, blame the gays. Wouldn't it just be easier to say that you're sorry and then do what you can to make sure it never happens again? Really boys!?!?!?!

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Dave Paisley

"We don’t need altar boys"

Ah, if that had only been the case throughout decades of abuse...

I wonder if he realized how stunningly ironic his remark was?

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