Snap Criticizes Lori's Opposition to Unsealing Documents
Documents Allege Sexual Abuse by Priests

NBC 30 [Bridgeport CT]
September 22, 2003

A group representing abuse victims is criticizing Bridgeport Bishop William Lori.

Lori is the architect of the Roman Catholic Church's policy on sexual abuse. But the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is challenging Lori on the Diocese of Bridgeport's opposition to disclosing sealed documents alleging sexual abuse by priests.

The group is encouraging more victims to come forward and talk to law enforcement officials.

SNAP also is criticizing Lori for banning Voice of the Faithful from meeting on church property.

David Clohessy is SNAP's national director. He said Lori is a part of a new breed of bishops that work hard at saying the right thing in public.

Diocese of Bridgeport spokesman Joe McAleer said Lori is a pioneer in swift response to allegations, and he has a terrific record.

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