Alleged Victims of Church Sex Abuse Want More Action


By Michael Hill

These three men survived priest sex abuse. They’ve heard two other popes apologize. Now Pope Francis.

“I beg your forgiveness for the sins of omission on the part of church leaders,” he said.

Leaders these three say who hid or harbored the abusers.

Mark Crawford is the New Jersey director of SNAP — the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He says of his abuser, “Actually he’s still a priest today and he was allowed to retire, lives in New Jersey, works for the state. Never convicted and that’s what I’m talking about, these secrets are still well kept.”

“They have to help the victims of child abuse instead of spending millions and millions of dollars on the best lobbyists and lawyers,” said Fred Marigliano.

“I think it’s a good step forward. As we all know this is the third pope who has apologized for this scandal and I think it’s time for action,” Stephen Marlowe said.

The trio want cardinals and bishops to out and oust abusers.

“Until the bishops follow the pope’s lead and put the truth out there and hold these men accountable and do the right thing then little has changed,” Crawford said.

Father John Bambrick is a member of Catholic Whistleblowers.

“I expect something long-lasting. My biggest expectation is that bishops will be held accountable, that they will no longer be medieval renaissance monarchs but rather will be held accountable for their bad deeds,” he said.

Survivors say all that they seek doesn’t just come from the Catholic Church but from state lawmakers as well.

Sen. Joseph Vitale of Woodbridge says he will re-introduce his bill to end the two-year statute of limitations on filing civil suits for sexual abuse of children. Right now, victims have two years to sue from the day they realize the abuse caused them damage.

Vitale calls it “absurdly low in a civil action.” He says it’s the “morally right thing to do. New Jersey has one of the worst limitations in the nation. Let the victims have their say in court.”

But, the New Jersey Catholic Conference of Bishops says the bill would open the floodgates to claims so faded by time that they would be impossible to defend.

But Crawford of SNAP says lawmakers must act.

“They can choose to protect the children of New Jersey or protect the institutions that have hidden and harbored these men who have harmed our children. … It’s time they make the right decision,” he said.

If nothing else, the pope’s comments put a big spotlight once again on the issue of sex abuse and the Catholic Church hiding and harboring abusers.

  • SNAPJudy

    Yes, the statute of limitations for child sex crimes needs to be removed, and a window of opportunity opened for older victims to have their day in court.

    Now in Minnesota, the civil statute of limitations has been lifted (for 3 years) for older sex crimes which has helped to expose the truth and get this horrific abuse stopped. Most victims of child sex abuse are unable to even speak of it until they are much older. Sometimes they don’t even realize what happened to them, has caused them so much pain in their lives. By filing a suit, this gives victims the opportunity for their lawyers to enter into the discovery phase, which allows them to subpoena secret archive documents and to subpoena high ranking officials to testify under oath. This helps to expose the child predators, but it also helps to expose those high ranking officials who continue to cover up these sex crimes.

    Victims wish for the full truth to be exposed so that no other child is sexually abused. It is a proven fact that child predators can NEVER be allowed near children.

    Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests”

  • hockeydog


    These guys deserve your respect and adoration!

  • hockeydog

    Educate yourselves about these monsters.


  • hockeydog
  • Jeb Barrett

    Unpunished sexual manipulation and use of children by Catholic clergy has been a reality since the early days of the monarchy. Yet, no one has seen until recently that the institution cannot be trusted to police and punish its own. The only progress toward justice for victims and hope for children has come through legal action by those affected and brave enough to expose the dirty secrets denied and hidden so long. Abuse of power, position and authority is nothing rare in our society, but the destruction of innocence crosses the line into torture, crimes against humanity. The ability to hold institutions and superiors accountable in civil court for covering up and defending perpetrators is essential to sending a message of zero tolerance. Good people need to be able to take action on behalf of the voiceless victims. Jeb Barrett, Colorado SNAP Director