National Catholic Newspaper Discloses That Archdiocese Secretly Taped Womens" Ordination

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

July 9, 2008

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

One one hand, Burke essentially imports child-molesting clergy. On the other hand, he apparently authorizes someone secretly spying on a nun.

The issue here isn't whether women should or shouldn't be ordained. The issue is Burke and his disturbing priorities and questionable tactics.

Here's an archbishop who often claims he's 'powerless' to oust or monitor pedophile priests in and around St. Louis, yet apparently authorizes the clandestine videotaping of a ceremony at a synagogue hoping to catch a nun attending a religious event.

Even if it turns out that Burke did NOT authorize the taping, it's just smarmy to use such alleged 'evidence' in a any kind of judicial proceeding.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 17 years and have more than 8,000 members across the country. 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

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688), Mary Grant (626-419-2930), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940)


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