For several months, David Clohessy, the National Director of the anti-Catholic advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) has steadfastly refused to comply with a Missouri court order to answer questions at a deposition and turn over requested documents for an important civil case alleging abuse by a Catholic priest.
Despite losing several appeals – even one to the Missouri Supreme Court – Clohessy has aggressively sought to avoid what a judge has lawfully ordered him to do.
Yet when a Philadelphia reporter recently asked Clohessy about a judge's order for a Church official to testify at the criminal abuse case in Philadelphia, the SNAP leader actually had the gall to say:
"We're still disappointed that it's taking a judge's order to get Catholic officials to do their simple, civic duty – honor a subpoena. The church hierarchy claims it cooperates with law enforcement. But as this case shows, often they only cooperate when a judge insists that they do so."
Thus for Clohessy to now beseech Church officials to "honor a subpoena" and "cooperate with law enforcement" is hypocrisy at an epic level.
Although a West Virginia monsignor, who once served in Philadelphia, did initially contest a subpoena to travel to Pennsylvania to testify at the trial, the cleric will now comply with the judge's order and appear for the case.
This is unlike Clohessy, whose legal team is indicating it may challenge a judge's second order to appear at a deposition and hand over requested documents.
File under: "Do what I say, not as I do."