Abuse Victims Group Praises Episcopal's Forthrightness

Pioneer Press [Minnesota]
August 1, 2003

The national director of an advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse came to Minneapolis on Thursday to offer cautious praise to the Episcopal Church for addressing the matter of clergy sex abuse.

"We want to commend Episcopalians for essentially being ahead of the curve on this issue," said David Clohessy of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "Before other denominations did, they instituted mandatory background checks for clergy and training programs about abuse prevention, which we think are very good steps."

SNAP largely represents Catholics who have been abused by clergy, but Episcopalians also belong to its chapters nationwide, including in Minnesota. Clohessy came from St. Louis on Thursday to present Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold with a letter expressing gratitude as well as pleading for vigilance.

"At the same time, we know this denomination, like every denomination, can and must do a better job of protecting kids," Clohessy said. "We're offering to share what we've learned about the tragic situation in the Catholic Church, whatever we know that might be helpful for them."


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