Tuesday, February 01, 2011

From SNAP on Fr. Tom Euteneuer

NOTE: Although I certainly don't agree with some of the negative statements and faulty conclusions SNAP has made about the teachings of the Catholic Church, they have been very helpful to a number of victims in the Euteneuer case. It is for this reason, I post their comments. --Tom O'Toole

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 1

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

We hope Fr. Euteneuer is telling the truth but we suspect he's not. Rarely do clerics who abuse their power do so only once.

We are disappointed that Bishop Barbarito and HLI have kept secret for months about this admitted violation and are keeping silent even now. It's irresponsible for church and non-profit officials to let an admitted wrongdoer "spin" his own wrongdoing. Barbarito and HLI are abdicating their responsibility

We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered any misdeeds by Fr. Euteneuer - or other clerics - will find the courage to come forward, speak up, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.

(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 22 years and have more than 10,000 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)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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