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Tennessee Catholic Bishops Challenged by Victims Group

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NASHVILLE, Tenn: Susan Vance, leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), released a statement asking for Catholic Bishops to hold to their word and be "open" about clergy sex cases.


Vance cites the FOX 17 report which uncovered allegations of sexual abuse were made against Father Kenneth Gansmann during his time overseeing St. Vincent's elementary school in North Nashville during the 60's.

Vance says despite 30 U.S. bishops posting names, photos and work histories of child molesting clerics to their websites, none of Tennessee's bishops have done so.

"Those hurt by Fr. Gansmann in Minnesota and Tennessee are getting older," she said in a press release. "Many of them have likely told no one or few people about their pain. Their suffering would be lessened if Catholic officials would 'come clean' about these clergy sex crimes and aggressively seek out, and help, these victims. Instead, however, bishops continue their self serving secrecy, letting those trapped in silence, shame, and self blame continue in pain. ... Shame on them."



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