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Diocese can't win

| Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

I was disappointed to see the Trib publish the letter " Concern misplaced " (Feb. 10 and TribLIVE.com) from Judy Jones of Marthasville, Mo. She works for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) Midwest -- an organization intent on destroying the Roman Catholic Church.

SNAP should have as its ultimate goal going out of business because of the virtual elimination of all abuse. Instead, it involves itself in matters that only gain publicity against the church.

Jones says church officials should not fixate on where a former priest charged in two molestations "was assigned or who signed his paychecks." It is Jones' organization that has forced church officials into that corner.

No matter what they do or say, it is wrong, according to SNAP. When the church stands behind a falsely accused priest, SNAP says it is discouraging victims of other priests from coming forward. This man is apparently not a former priest of this diocese, but SNAP still says the diocese is discouraging victims from coming forward. No matter what the diocese does, it is wrong.

If the accused had been, say, a teacher, would the Department of Education be responsible for finding victims• If he had been an astronaut, would NASA be responsible for finding victims?

Unfortunately, SNAP will not be satisfied until the church is no more. SNAP says it stands with the victims, yet it backs accusers over falsely accused priest victims.

Jones mentions "crimes" as if the accused former priest is already guilty. Truth doesn't matter -- only the destruction of trust in the church and its officials.

Anna Oslica

Point Breeze

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