SNAP Calls for "Clean Slate" for Burke

KSDK [St. Louis MO]
December 5, 2003

(KSDK) -- The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is calling for the St. Louis Archdiocese to release the names of all priests accused of sexual abuse.

"Letís do Archbishop Burke a favor. Lets come clean now so that next month he can start with a clean slate so that he can begin healing the deep wounds within our archdiocese," said SNAP member Barbara Dorris.

SNAP members delivered a letter to St. Louis Catholic leaders urging them to include the names of alleged abusers from other archdiocese who used to work in the St. Louis area. but Bishop Joseph Naumann says he needs proof before revealing any names.

"We also feel a serious responsibility not to injure an innocent person's reputation by releasing information thatís based merely on suspicion, innuendo or rumor.Ē

The archdiocese continues to encourage anyone who feels they've been sexually abused by a priest to come forward for help.


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