April 05, 2006

People Abused by Priests Demand Local Action



ST. PETERSBURG (2006-04-04) Mary Grant says she was was abused as a young child in a Catholic church in her native California. She later decided to do something about it. She because western regional director for SNAP, a national self-help support group for people who have been victimized by clergy.

Grant wore a picture of herself as a child at about the age she was abused. She and several other people gathered at the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg headquarters on Ninth Street North. They had a message for Bishop Robert Lynch.

GRANT: We're calling on Bishop Lynch to put action behind his words. It's one thing to say you're sorry, it's one thing to say that you pray for the victims. It's another thing to take tangible steps to make sure these victims can heal and kids can be protected.

Grant and the other members of Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests had a list of demands for the bishop. They want him to publicize a list of priests who have had "credible accusations" against them.

Posted by kshaw at April 5, 2006 10:30 AM