Catholic Deposition Blocked; SNAP Responds
By David Clohessy
Survivors Network of Those Abused
February 4, 2014
A Minnesota judge blocked the release of a deposition
and transcript of an accused predator priest named Fr. Gilbert
Allen Tarlton (a.k.a Allen Tarlton or Allen Berry).
We are disappointed by this action. Catholic officials
pledge “openness” but continue to practice secrecy.
Transparency, not secrecy, protects kids.
For decades, Catholic officials have kept clergy sex
abuse and cover up cases hidden. We've seen and felt the
devastating results of this self-serving pattern. If kids are to
be protected, this secrecy must end.
Our hearts go out to the victims of sexual abuse in
Minnesota. We know how difficult and brave it is to come forward
and report abuse. We hope no other victims or witnesses will be
deterred by this action. And we hope that those courageous
individuals who were assaulted by St. Cloud area clerics and are
taking legal action will not be discouraged.
In fact, in some cases, rulings like this prod others
who were hurt and who are suffering in silence, shame and
self-blame to step forward too. We hope that will be the outcome
here. And we hope a higher court will reverse this judge's
ruling so that more of the truth about this horror can be