The anti-Catholic advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) says it is "grateful" that a criminal jury acquitted a man of felony assault after he brutally attacked an elderly priest that he said abused him some 37 years ago in 1975.
On May 10, 2010, William Lynch used a ruse to enter a retirement home for retired priests. He then violently thrashed 65-year-old Rev. Jerold Lindner in front of shocked witnesses until the priest was bruised and bloody. Lynch readily admitted to the angry beating. [Read more about the case]
Following the acquittal last week in the high-profile trial, SNAP issued a media statement written by its alleged "Outreach Director" Barbara Dorris:
Violence is always wrong. Still, we are grateful for this verdict. The odds that Lynch would ever reoffend are infinitely small.
We hope this case prods lawmakers to reform predator friendly laws that prevent child sex abuse victims from exposing predators in civil and criminal court.
Noticeably absent from SNAP's shifty statement is any condemnation of Lynch's merciless attack. As far as Dorris' weak statement that "Violence is always wrong," well, even the Catholic Church does not believe that.
Dorris' "Violence is always wrong" statement is also insincere and disingenuous. Whether or not Lynch would "reoffend" should not determine whether Lynch is guilty of the crime to which he confessed. (If a priest became incapacitated after abusing a minor, would SNAP be O.K. with a jury acquitting the cleric because the chances of him abusing again were "infinitely small"? Of course not. And neither would we.)
And contrary to Dorris' mean-spirited claim, this purported case of vigilante justice had absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the status of so-called "predator-friendly laws."
The bottom line: SNAP isn't fooling anybody. The organization's hatred for the Catholic Church is so untethered that it is downright giddy over the fact that Lynch got away with his savage assault.