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David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), finds Haselberger’s allegations completely believable because they are so familiar.
“If it was just legal porn, why did they take such pains to hide it?” Clohessy asked.
Most shocking in the allegations, Clohessy said, is that the priest hid “with help for a decade by several high-ranking church staffers. Frankly, a priest who [had child porn] would have been imprisoned for the last decade.”
It’s no accident that the most-recent news came at the hand of attorney Anderson, who has zealously pursued clergy abuse for more than two decades.
Over the years the media has gotten battle-weary covering Anderson’s seemingly endless news conferences with yet more allegations of abuse. More than once he’s been accused of crying wolf, and his cases have been dismissed as “just another Jeff Anderson attack.”
But we would be wise to remember that sometimes people cry wolf because there are wolves.
Clohessy has been working on the issue for 25 years, and would be surprised if anyone in Minnesota faced serious repercussions.
“The most tragic lesson is that in all of these cases the hierarchy remains virtually untouchable,” he said.
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