Ireland- Did Vatican deceive UN panel? SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Irish minister Alan Shatter is seeking clarification from the Vatican for their misleading statements before a United Nations panel about the Magdalene laundries. We are disappointed, but not surprised by both the Vatican’s deception and the nuns' unchanged refusal to help victims.
We doubt there's any "miscommunication" here. Catholic officials often say whatever they want in order to get out of a jam or fix, and when caught being misleading, they claim there was some kind of mix up.
We hope the UN panel will denounce Vatican officials for being misleading. And we hope this negatively publicity will prompt the Vatican to be truthful and transparent.
(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)
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- independent of and separate from the church
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Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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