ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis-based director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is reacting to Pope Benedict XVI’s pick for a new sex crimes prosecutor.
David Clohessy says Father Robert Oliver was an adviser to Cardinal Bernard Law on the Boston sex abuse cases and says the appointment of anyone with ties to Cardinal Law is problematic in his mind.
“This just rubs even more salt into the already very deep and oftentimes still fresh wounds of thousands and thousands of betrayed Catholics and wounded victims,” Clohessy said.
Oliver continued advising the Archdiocese of Boston after Cardinal Law was forced to resign in 2002 amid an uproar over revelations that the cardinal had kept abusive priests working in parishes.
“We don’t have evidence that Father Oliver helped conceal clergy sex crimes in Boston,” Clohessy said. “But likewise, there’s no evidence whatsoever that he tried to chat a new course, tried to object to the cover-up.”