Geneva- Vatican pretends crisis is over

Geneva- Vatican pretends crisis is over

For immediate release: Monday, May 05, 2014 

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 

A top Vatican official is deliberately misleading Catholic citizens and a United Nations panel about current clergy sex crimes and cover ups. 

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/05/05/uk-pope-abuse-idUKKBN0DL0RF20140505

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi claims there has been a decline in the number of cases of clergy sexual violence. But there is no such evidence. Children always have, and likely always will, only be able to report their trauma decades later. So this notion - that the rate of abuse is declining - is at best unknowable and at worst a self-serving spin. 

Tomasi also says "The damage has been done." This contention is part of a long, carefully-crafted church public relations effort to pretend that this crisis is over and that only "clean up" remains. That is as wrong as wrong can be. 

We strongly suspect that, across the globe, hundreds or thousands of child molesting clerics are still raping, sodomizing and assaulting boys and girls today.

Consider the case of Fr. Joseph Jiang of St. Louis, Missouri. In 2012, he was arrested for molesting a girl. He escaped prosecution because of a legal technicality. But a civil lawsuit contends that he admitted his guilt to the girl's parents and left them a $20,000 check. That suit also says that Jiang's boss, Archbishop Robert Carlson, asked the parents to turn the check over to him. Instead, they gave it to police. 

Instead of putting Jiang in a remote treatment center, Carlson let him live just six minutes away from his old parish. And in April of this year, Jiang was arrested again, this time for molesting a boy. 

Clerics continue to assault kids and bishops continue with their cover ups. 

Tomasi makes two other absurd claims. 

He says "the Holy See has no jurisdiction ... over every member of the Catholic Church." No one, of course, disputes this. The Vatican does, however, have power over Catholic employees across the globe, as evidenced by the fact that it defrocks controversial theologians and predator priests. Top church officials, however, refuse to use their power to punish complicit bishops. 

Finally, he argues that the Catholic hierarchy is "doing its own house cleaning." Even if this were true, and it's not, it's wrong. No institution should be allowed to police itself, especially not an ancient, rigid, secretive, all-male monarchy with a horrific and enduring practice of enabling sexual violence on a massive scale.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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  • commented 2014-05-06 00:16:06 -0500
    I just want to also post here, what I commented to Barbara Blaine today.
    Yes, Mrs. Blaine, in my opinion you and the other directors of SNAP and the members of CCR are doing us all proud! (to use your words) I certainly can’t recall any other people or organizations who have worked as hard; and have been and are “staying the course” with the goal of putting an end to this travesty. Honestly, I doubt I could much improve on anything you’ve all done thus far!
    I think, if I actually ever saw or met, either of Fr. Federico Lombardi, or Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, I would very much want to ask them why they (none of them, in fact; the new pope included) ever seem to have read or referred to the words of Christ in the Bible, in Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:2 ? I wonder, do they all really believe that these crimes of torture against children and vulnerable adults, are not grievous? Do they really think that these perpetrators and enablers should all just be forgiven? Do they not know, that certain heinous crimes are unforgiveable? As in: Hitler deserved to be put to death, and most likely would have been had he not committed suicide.
    These crimes of torture that many catholic priests have committed, are not forgiveable. Nor is the calculated suppression of facts, and enabling of pedophile priests to continue torturing innocents, by the catholic clergy, catholic hierarchy, catholic laity, catholic curia, catholic employees and catholic pope. Being catholiics, so-called religious men and women, all; I really would like to hear these two priests’ response to my question of why they do not practice and teach the words of Christ, found in those specifically referenced Bible books, chapters and verses. Even if all the powers that we can bring to bear, are not able to make an end to all these horrible, horrible criminal actions this year, I would at least like the offenders to know that they are NOT FORGIVEN and that we will carry on the battle until the rest of the world really knows about this, and (we will) make these offenders aware that we all know how heinous these particular criminals truly are.

    Commenting later, from this evening of today:
    Mrs. Blaine, I would also like to let you know I was discouraged to see that apparently nothing was reported on the national network TV news broadcasts this evening, here in the United States, about this UN Committee on Torture hearing going on today and tomorrow, regarding these specific crimes of torture. I really hope that you (SNAP) and the CCR, will be able to get this covered tomorrow on the national news, here. After all, this too, is an HISTORIC event. I do not think that, most people, know this is going on, and I really would like it if they did! I believe they should be given the opportunity to know how hard fought and difficult this battle against the entrenched catholic pedophiles in the clergy, laity and catholic employees…all of whom are in the “Universal (Global) Catholic Church”, really is.
    I am very grateful to the CCR and SNAP that I had the opportunity and did, read (with great sadness) the Supplemental Report that CCR submitted on behalf of SNAP to the UN Committee on Torture in April. I already knew that the “reach” of this horrible scourge was worldwide, but reading of specific incidences really enforces the horror I feel whenever I hear a catholic priest or pope be solicitous about this issue, rather than forcefully and credibly standing up, and publicly committing to STOPPING these crimes and the cover-up of them, from continuing to happen.
    I truly hope that the committee members and all who attend this HISTORIC MEETING OF THE UN COMMITTEE ON TORTURE, WITH THE CATHOLIC REPRESENTATIVE (ARCHBISHOP SILVANO TOMAS) FOR THE POPE AND THE GLOBAL CATHOLIC CHURCH, have read the Supplemental Report and that the catholic church will be called to account, apologize and, most importantly, to pledge the immediate STOPPAGE of such heinous crimes and their cover up, around the world!
    I would also like to let you know that I was discouraged to see that apparently nothing was reported on the national network TV news broadcasts this evening, here in the United States, about this UN Committee on Torture hearing going on today and tomorrow, regarding these specific crimes of torture. I really hope that you (SNAP) and the CCR, will be able to get this covered tomorrow on the national news, here. After all, this too, is an HISTORIC event. I do not think that, most people, know this is going on, and I really would like it if they did! I believe they should be given the opportunity to know how hard fought and difficult this battle against the entrenched catholic pedophiles in the clergy, laity and catholic employees…all of whom are in the “Universal, Global Catholic Church”, really is.
    I am very grateful to the CCR and SNAP that had the opportunity and did, read (with great sadness) the Supplemental Report that CCR submitted on behalf of SNAP to the UN Committee on Torture in April. I already knew that the “reach” of this horrible scourge was worldwide, but reading of specific incidences really enforces the horror I feel whenever I hear a catholic priest or pope be solicitous about this issue, rather than forcefully and credibly standing up, and publicly committing to STOPPING these crimes and the cover-up of them, from continuing to happen.
    I truly hope that the committee members and all who attend this HISTORIC MEETING OF THE UN COMMITTEE ON TORTURE, WITH THE CATHOLIC REPRESENTATIVE (ARCHBISHOP SILVANO TOMAS) FOR THE POPE AND THE GLOBAL CATHOLIC CHURCH, have read the Supplemental Report and that the catholic church will be called to account, apologize and, most importantly, to pledge the immediate STOPPAGE of such heinous crimes and their cover up, around the world!
  • commented 2014-05-05 21:42:22 -0500
    I hope that the UN committee is smart enough and brave enough and moral enough to see through the vatican smoke screen and take definitive action. Your words are right on track and give me positive feelings that we will win this round.
  • commented 2014-05-05 15:48:28 -0500
    I believe that everything you have written bears reapeating, Mrs. Dorris. I think it should be published, said and read both silently and aloud, around the world! I literally got goosebumps reading your last paragraph, which I will copy here:
    “Finally, he argues that the Catholic hierarchy is “doing its own house cleaning.” Even if this were true, and it’s not, it’s wrong. No institution should be allowed to police itself, especially not an ancient, rigid, secretive, all-male monarchy with a horrific and enduring practice of enabling sexual violence on a massive scale."

    Prior to reading your post, I had just been re-thinking about the vatican spokesman, who a few days prior to these hearings said that sex abuse by pedophile priests wasn’t torture; and, my anger was again inflamed! I can’t believe that ANYONE else in the world of any “political” stature, would openly believe such a ludicrious, mean statement; nor, would anyone else but a 21st century catholic cleric try to persuade the rest of us that such forcible, heinous sexual attacks aren’t and isn’t torture of human victims! The man must be mad to think that he could persuade decent people to agree with such twisted, criminal thinking and speaking! We need to make him and all who agree with him, STOP.
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