SNAP Network releases statement regarding list of accused WV priests

West Virginia

A sexual abuse victim advocacy group has a released a statement regarding the list of priests released by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston that have received “credible allegations” of sexual abuse.

A total of 31 priests were named on the list, including 16 that have some connection to north central West Virginia. However, the SNAP Network (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), a national support group for men and women abused by religious and institutional authorities, released a statement saying at least one other name should have been added to the list.

The name that the SNAP Network feels has been omitted from the original list is Bishop Michael Bransfield, who according to the SNAP Network, has been accused of abusing at least one minor and resigned in September of 2018

In the statement, the SNAP Network said that due the Bishop Bransfield not being named on the list, they are wondering what other claims the diocese did not deem to be “credible”. Additionally, the SNAP Network said that Archbishop William E. Lori, the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, should urge an independent investigation into the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Lastly, the SNAP Network said in the statement that the list of priests released on Thursday should be publicized permanenty on the diocesan website. 

To read the full statement by the SNAP Network click here.

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