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SNAP objects to Philadelphia archdiocesan payment for accused priest's attorney

March 16, 2011

A group representing victims of sexual abuse has objected to the news that the Philadelphia archdiocese is paying for an attorney to represent a priest accused of sexual abuse.

David Clohessy, the executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) argued that the arrangement pointed to continued archdiocesan effort to cover up evidence. “The priest’s goal is to stay out of jail,” he said. “The archdiocese’s goal is to keep secrets hidden.”


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 16, 2011 10:47 PM ET USA

    Some people have one goal, the destruction of the Catholic church. Oh, and the maximum fees to plaintiff's attorneys.

  • Posted by: GUY F. - Mar. 16, 2011 9:49 PM ET USA

    Priest attorney fees are reasonable even if it is an open and shut case. Priests are humans also and deserve the same fair treatment the lowest gutter rat gets under our laws and further most priests have no money since they serve at truly bargain rates. DEO VOLENTE