Predator Priest Files Will Be Kept Closed; SNAP Responds
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
The Monterey Catholic Diocese has succeeded, at least
temporarily, in keeping documents about a predator priest
This is yet another case which church officials choose
to protect their reputations over children and secrecy over
We are very disappointed in this ruling of the 6th
District Court of Appeals. It goes against the interest of
public safety. We are also disappointed in the diocese's
continued efforts to keep hidden information that Monterey
Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills has deemed relevant to the
sexual abuse of a child.
We feel the arguments made by the diocese in its
defense of secrecy are invalid, self-centered, and dangerous.
We are grateful for the courageous and unselfish
survivor in this case and his attorney for pressing for the
disclosure of documents that would protect children and expose
enablers of child abuse. It is a shame this type of legal battle
is still necessary more than a decade after the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishop promised to be open and
transparent in cases of child sexual abuse.
We urge the Court of Appeals to immediately lift the
stay it has placed on Judge Wills' court order and allow the
public to read what Monterey Catholic officials so badly want to
keep hidden. Additionally, we urge the victim to continue to
fight for truth, justice, and the protection of children.
Finally, we ask the Monterey's bishop to explain why he's
choosing continued secrecy instead of openness.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those
Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support
group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years
and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in
our title, we have members who were molested by religious
figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops,
and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)