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Survivors Group wants action, not another apology, from Pope Francis

For immediate release Monday, January 22, 2018

Statement by Joelle Casteix of California, Volunteer Western Regional Leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

Now it seems that the Pope is parsing words in an attempt to fix the damage of his earlier statement. 

Too late.

The Vatican runs its “trials” and keeps its “evidence” under shrouds of secrecy. We don’t know what kinds of evidence the Vatican has, what the Pope knows, what kinds of “proof” and testimony already exist, and how much of it is being kept hidden from victims and civil authorities. If France or the United Kingdom ran trials like that, there would be international outrage. Why do we allow the Vatican to engage in such subterfuge?

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SNAP shocked as Pope Francis accuses clergy sex abuse victims of slander

For immediate release Friday, January 19, 2018

Statement by Joelle Casteix of California, Volunteer Western Regional Leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com)

Pope Francis’ trip to Chile, which was supposed to be a healing moment, ended with him further alienating Catholic survivors. When a Chilean reporter asked the Pope about the controversial appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, his response was absolutely shocking to SNAP, the Survivors Network. Pope Francis replied to the reporter, "The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I'll speak. There is not one shred of proof against him. It's all calumny. Is that clear?"

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/19/579079786/pope-francis-riles-many-in-chile-by-accusing-bishops-critics-of-slander

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