We don’t know how many of Penn State’s administration is involved in the Sandusky cover-up. There same people are likely involved in this politically and financially driven self-investigation. This is deeply flawed and lets the wrong people get to incriminating evidence first. State law enforcement personnel from Harrisburg should be heading up this investigation, not Penn State officials.
The abuse of children and vulnerable adults is constitutive to the priesthood. They use their charitable church activities to cover for abuse and justify it. Priests are predators or predator supporters through their silence and inaction.
Who is going to be vetting the “observer” who represents the state government? Will it be one of the diocese’s latent supporters? This is a travesty of justice that will only result in more Ratigans and more sexually assaulted children.
Bishops and priests say they support survivors when the news cameras are on them. When they are having a fancy banquet behind closed doors, they cheer on their cover-up team. The world is lerning the truth about them.
Bishops and priests say they support survivors when the news cameras are on them. When they are having a facy banquet behind closed doors, they cheer on their cover-up team. Thw world is lerning the truth about them.
Finally, the line has been crossed! All Roman Catholic bishops in the USA are now looking over their shoulder! Survivors, rejoice! Your courage is directly responsible for this new level of justice and accountability.
Great writing Jeb! There are many victim/survivors of clergy sexual abuse who find it difficult to report and find help. For example, Portugal is 97% Roman Catholic. We are not aware of any public reports of clergy sexual abuse in Portugal. The church controls many aspects of Portuguese society. If survivors went public with their abuse by a priest, they would suffer persecution and be ostracized. The same situation exists in third world countries where church power is unchallenged. In some countries in Africa, the church is so powerful that we have read in the international press how priests rape nuns with impunity in these remote areas. SNAP’s appeal to The Hague gives hope to trapped and terrified survivors. If they can get to a computer and access the SNAP website, which is now multi-lingual, they can report their abuse to the International Criminal Court through our SNAP web site and experience a glimmer of light at the end of a dark tunnel.