Ireland- Victims urge vigilance regarding Brady's resignation
For immediate release: Friday, August 15, 2014
Whether the Vatican accepts Cardinal Sean Brady's resignation sooner or later, we caution Irish citizens and Catholics to not become complacent about the safety of kids.
We agree with Irish victims who are urging Pope Francis to move quickly on this resignation. At the same time, however, we worry that when Brady's gone, many will automatically assume that his successor will do a better job of safeguarding the vulnerable and helping the wounded. That's a tempting assumption. But it may or may not be true.
Complacency protects no one. Only vigilance protects kids. So we urge everyone in Ireland who sees, suspects, or suffers clergy sex crimes or cover ups to contact law enforcement officials, not church officials. And we urge them to judge Brady's successor by his deeds, not his words. No one should be impressed or mollified by symbolic gestures from a Catholic official on abuse. Only tangible steps that expose and punish those who commit or conceal child sex crimes really matter.
(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 20,000 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)