SNAP Says Progress Being Made In Priest Crisis
Hopeful but Frustrated

By Erin O'Neill
KSDK [St. Louis MO]
Downloaded June 18, 2003

That's how members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, describe the progress being made to clean up the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

The group held a news conference downtown Wednesday morning, one day before the National Conference of Catholic Bishops meets here in St. Louis.

SNAP members say while some progress has been made, a lot more work needs to be done.

It's been one year since the National Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Dallas and vowed to clean up the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Wednesday, about a dozen SNAP members gathered across from Union Station to assess the progress made so far.

The group says lawmakers, judges and juries, as well as Catholics are responding promptly and effectively to abuse allegations. But, when it comes to most bishops, it says more progress needs to be done.

The group is presenting a letter Wednesday to the president of the bishop's conference, making two requests.

SNAP is the nation's largest and oldest support group for clergy abuse victims.

It's planning several prayer vigils while the bishop's conference is in town.


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