Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Meet in NJ

1010 WINS
July 23, 2006

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1010 WINS) — The nation's largest organization for clergy sex abuse victims is wrapping up a weekend conference in Jersey City today.

Some 330 members of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, have been at the organization's fifth national conference, which started Friday night and ends this afternoon.

The conference included workshops on legal and political strategies for the organization's goals to further victims causes, reform the Roman Catholic church and help victims heal.

Yesterday morning, retired Catholic bishop Thomas Gumbleton, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, said church leaders moved abusive priests from parish to parish and held back legal reforms needed to help victims bring cases over decades-old abuse.

Gumbleton in January disclosed that he himself was abused by a priest when he was a seminary student, a revelation that drew the attention among those who say they were abused.

But some have questioned why Gumbleton didn't use his position to do more against abuse.


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