If there is one "bright spot" in the outcome of the Bishop Finn trial, it is that innocent victims and their families were spared the excruciating ordeal of having to appear in public court and having to identify how they were criminally victimized by Fr. Shawn Ratigan.
Indeed, Kansas City Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced in a press conference after the verdict last Thursday:
"The victims in this case have the real win today … We did not have to drag in parents for them to have to identify photographs of their children … [These victims' families] were all ecstatic that this could end today and it would end with their child's anonymity clearly in place, that their child's anonymity would be protected … None of the families expressed any kind of anger about this outcome. They're thrilled. They're absolutely thrilled with the outcome."
However, if it were up to David Clohessy, the National Director of SNAP, innocent children and their families would have towed themselves through a media circus and into court to publicly relive the horror of having been victimized.
A disturbing letter and appearance
As Clohessy announced in a press conference before the verdict in the trial, he sent a letter on behalf of SNAP urging the judge and the prosecutor to conduct a "separate hearing" for victims to appear in court in the event of a guilty outcome for Bishop Finn.
Clohessy's request appeared to serve no other purpose except to simply try to prolong the media spectacle in favor of SNAP, to give the group more microphone time to trumpet its anti-Catholic tirades.
Moreover, as prosecutor Peters Baker made very clear, victims did not want a prolonged ordeal. Apparently, this did not mean anything to Clohessy.
This episode also illustrates how out of touch SNAP is with so many clergy abuse victims. Even though this case took place in the same state as Clohessy's residence, he publicly made an urgent request that was in direct opposition to the wishes of the victims in this case.
Here is a clear example of SNAP putting its own anti-Catholic agenda ahead of the welfare of victims.