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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

SNAP Revolution in L.A. Today. Event Friday 11 AM to be Last at Cathedral, Moving Action to Fed Buildings

Ya Basta! This morning Jim Robertson, pictured left, was elected to run the new SNAP Los Angeles.

Friday 11AM there will be an event in front of the Cathedral, and Jim Robertson, elected to run the group locally, promises it will be the last event at that church property until things change.

On Friday, we may even march to the new location for future SNAP L.A. events, three blocks south to the Federal Building, (I believe it will be at the Main Street entrance), where we can leaflet and start conversations with individuals who can actually DO SOMETHING about prosecuting the perverts in the Catholic priesthood and their enablers.

The press statement below, from SNAP by whoever was running the Los Angeles branch before today, once again went out with a major mistake in the copy. Jim promises that future press statements from SNAP will be researched and contain information of genuine news value.

Survivors in Los Angeles now have local control and we can build a democratically run organization. Plus now we can proofread and fact check our press releases before they go out to the media:

Hopefully the last incorrect press statement to come out of SNAP in Los Angeles for a long time:

Please consider coming to this event!

Clergy sex victims release more church records

Church had 'centers' for predators as far back as 50 years ago

Frustrated by 'on-going church secrecy,' SNAP urges Pope to 'come clean'

Group is also upset because LA archdiocese & priests still hiding documents

One Catholic official admitted that 30% of rejected seminarians are later ordained


Holding signs and child hood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will release a dozen pages of once secret church records proving that the Pope and other top Catholic officials - in Rome and here - knew much about pedophile priests even decades ago. (Several of the documents have never been released before publicly). They will also urge

-- the Pope to disclose how he and his office handled pedophile priests for years from 2001-05, and

-- Cardinal Roger Mahony to prod the Pope to directly answer questions about recent allegations against the Pope,

-- Mahony to speed up the release of thousands of pages about LA predator priests and cover ups.


Wednesday, March 31 at 11:00 a.m.


Outside Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St. (at N. Grand Ave.) in Los Angeles


A few clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a California police officer who did a week-long vigil in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels seven years ago.


Newly released records, including letters to the Vatican in the 1960s, show a Catholic official admitting a "tremendous problem" of predator priests. The documents prove that almost 50 years ago, top church staff knew how widespread and incorrigible pedophiles are. They severely undercut recent claims by the Pope's defenders that he and others in the church hierarchy mishandled cases because they were "on a learning curve."

Some of the records are written by the head of the Paracletes, a religious order that tries to rehabilitate predator priests. Decades ago, he admitted that "There are now in many parts of the world (facilities) "where 'Christ's wounded priests' may be cared for."

It goes on and on and there is no focus, no idea what the press event is being called for at all.



"The Servants of the Paraclete"

Not "the Paracletes" although that is the name every reporter who got that press statement from SNAP today is now trying to find.


No more press statements with mistakes from SNAP
Los Angeles, we hope.


WE NEED TO PLEDGE in the new SNAP Los Angeles to do research and know the subject matter, beginning study DAYS BEFORE conducting any press events.

No more embarrassment for L.A. Survivors, as we watch our "spokesmen" get up and say incorrect information, stumble, not know names, not know where the church is they are referencing because they do not live or know anything about Los Angeles. I for one am so glad that this period of what felt like a strangelhold from St. Louis is over, and we can finally start doing SNAP events with panache, the way they should be done in Los Angeles.


Enough of this impotence. SNAP is going to accomplish things in Los Angeles, starting this Good Friday.

Paragraph removed from lead:

Jim's election came not a day too soon, as SNAP sent out the press statement above last night with a major error, referring to the "Paracletes." The religious order they referenced are "Servants of the Paraclete."

A lot of Los Angeles survivors had grown weary of continuing professional mess-ups that we have learned to expect from SNAP in Los Angeles the last few years.

As a result the press is not getting the whole story and many survivors dropped out of the movement locally, agreeing among ourselves that we need representatives who live in Los Angeles, not Orange and Ventura Counties. Most of us in L.A. are media savvy enough to run a press conference, we don't need or want David Clohessy in St. Louis to tell us what to say and do.

FINAL NOTE: It's weird SNAP National Office would make a mistake about "The Paracletes"

Weird, considering both SNAP and "The Servants of the Paraclete" are headquartered in St. Louis. Like we have Spielberg and CBS, St. Louis is a company town for secretive religious orders in the Catholic Church.
Posted by Kay Ebeling, Producer
The City of Angels Is Everywhere

PS That press statement SNAP put out last night for the L.A. Event today sounds like it was written by a college student finishing an assignment they forgot late at night, no time to really do it right, but it doesn't matter because they only wanted a C on the paper anyway.


WE have had enough in L.A.

Background on the Servants from City of Angels 4:

Monday, June 9, 2008

PROOF: Letters re problem priests at Paracletes in NM prove bishops knew about pedophilia in priesthood and destroyed files, regularly and secretly
The letter below is a sampling of documents recently passed to City of Angels Network, which we are in the process of scanning and uploading for an upcoming post. This one letter reveals the Catholic Church hierarchy destroyed records of pedophile priests per "legal advice." On page 2, the director of Via Coeli writes, "Once these documents have been read, please destroy them." The 1989 letter is a progress report on George V. Bredermann, an Arizona pedophile priest with a long entry in the bishopaccountability database of sexual predators in the church.


Monday, June 16, 2008

PROOF: Bishops knew about pedophile priests as far back as 1950s and worked to keep the problem secret. Documents here, click to enlarge
The documents scanned in below prove the Catholic Church hierarchy knew pedophile priests were a problem as far back as the 1950s. Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, director of Via Coeli in New Mexico,

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