Will It Be Just a Change of Face or an about Face in New York?

National Survivor Advocates Coalition
April 15, 2009

Survivor Advocates Call for Reform, Window Legislation for Sexual Abuse Victims in New York

To Do List for New Archbishop: Truth, Disclosure, Action, Compassion

New York, NY The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSACoalition) knows the Archbishop of New York is no ordinary bishop.

By virtue of the prestige of New York, the heft of the Catholic population, the uniqueness of the City to the United States and the world, this is a diocese where a real difference can be made for the Church.

A new opportunity has presented itself. It must not be squandered. But a new face doesn't necessarily mean change where it counts.

Timothy M. Dolan can have a major influence in curing the severe case of laryngitis in the Church's moral voice. If he chooses not to, the sickness of sexual abuse in the Church could turn fatal.

We urge the new Archbishop to choose life for his diocese and the Church by stepping forward to put the clergy sexual abuse scandal front and center on his agenda as a life issue.

We urge the new Archbishop to lead as no other bishop in this United States has led in this crisis:

with absolute truth

with complete disclosure

with overwhelming care for the survivors and the families of those who committed suicide, and the families of those who were murdered.

Specifically, we ask him to:

release the names and locations of all credibly accused priests and post them on the archdiocesan website and in church bulletins

back proposed legislation in New York to reform the statute of limitations on sexual abuse and a window to allow survivors for whom the current statute limitation has passed to have their day in court

allow Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Road to Recovery to advertise in the archdiocesan newspaper

initiate search and rescue of ALL potential victims and survivors

collaborate with lay organizations whose expertise has been directed towards providing pastoral care to survivors and victims

We challenge this Archbishop to teach with his actions.


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