Breaking: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to hold press conference RE Johnson | Wis.Community

Breaking: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) to hold press conference RE Johnson

SNAP is going to be holding a press conference this afternoon in Depere, Wisconsin and will feature former victims of priest abuse demanding Ron Johnson, who formerly served on the Diocese's Finance Council, reveal any information he may have regarding the diocese's secret handling of past sexual assault perpetrators and for Johnson to work with SNAP in pressuring the Diocese to release all of their information on past perpetrators, which has never been disclosed. 

In a pre-emptive response, Johnson has released a statement, saying:

I call upon the Green Bay Diocese to provide the utmost transparency in order to answer any lingering questions or doubt among victims of child abuse and those who seek to prevent child abuse in the future.

At issue is simply this: Over the years the Green Bay Diocese has made lots of settlements in lawsuits with allegations of a priest or other Diocese clergy member sexually assaulting someone, ussually a child.  SNAP wants the diocese to release the information of every priest and paid clergy that has been accused of sexual assaulting people to verify that these perpetrators have been brought to justice. The Diocese doesn't want to release the names, because it would likely lead to more people coming forward and lead to many, many more lawsuits.

Johnson, of course, as a member of the Diocese's Finance Council had ultimate authority (the Finance Council can even overrule the bishop under Canon Law) to approve or disapprove of all settlements of sex abuse law suits. These lawsuits presumably included many that never met public scrutiny and, more importantly, never saw the perpetrators named in the law suits handed over to the police.


September 29, 2010 - 2:46pm