A spokesperson for SNAP, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests says bishops in five Pennsylvania diocese should not have access to grand jury transcripts any sooner than the public.
The transcripts are the written record of secret grand jury testimony as investigators look into allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania parishes.
Judy Jones, the mid-west coordinator for SNAP, tells Action News that she has spoken with victims who are upset that an exception was made for the five bishops before the rest of the public can see the transcripts at the end of June.
“It still hurts victims,” she told us. “Their stories are in those transcripts. They don’t see them, just the bishops. It feels like privilege.”
Jones, who is based in Saint Louis, says the group plans to hold a media event in Erie sometime in the near future to further explain SNAP’s opposition to the early release of the court documents.