For immediate release: Friday, February 11, 2011
Statement regarding Philadelphia Grand Jury Report
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
...Fundamentally, this is not really or largely about the men – those who committed the horrific crimes - Engelhardt, Brennan, or Avery - or those who concealed the crimes - Bevalaqua, Rigali or Lynn.
It’s is about an ancient, secretive, self serving still-intact church hierarchy, structure and culture, in Philadelphia and across the globe. It’s about a deeply-rooted, still-flourishing, stunningly selfish group of men who head a dangerous monarchy masquerading as a charity.
Bridget Mary's Response;
The Survivors Network say it best: "it's about a dangerous monarchy masquerading as a charity."
When will it change?
It will change when Catholics claim their own empowerment as baptized equal members of the church and stop supporting the corrupt hierarchy including the Vatican.
It is time for Catholics to be part of the answer and support grassroots movements to renew the church like the Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement and the Women's Ordination Movement.
Bridget Mary Meehan, RCWP