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Australia Royal Commission Recommends Sweeping Child Safety Changes in Catholic Church, Victims Respond

Statement by Steven Spaner, SNAP Australia Coordinator, snapspaner@gmail.com+1 (314) 994-3534

The findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission are a watershed moment in the child safety movement. Institutions and wrongdoers across Australia are now on notice that turning a blind eye to child sexual abuse abuse—or covering up abuse to save the reputation of a church or a school—is no longer tolerable.

Bishops will be quick to scoff that the report is anti-Catholic and an attack on the tenets of the faith. That is not true. The report is an attack on bad conduct—bad conduct that must stop. The way to stop bad conduct is through strict adherence to good policy. It also requires that the laity, whose children have been so deeply hurt, become stakeholders in the decision-making process.

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NY--Archdiocese says abuse in the past, yet refuses to open secret files

For immediate release Thursday, December 14, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com

The New York Archdiocese has known about the extent of child sex abuse in its boundaries for decades. It’s a shame that it’s taken until now for church officials to finally reach out to a small portion of victims who have suffered childhood sexual assault by members of the clergy. 

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/new-york-archdiocese-stresses-commitment-to-aiding-victims-of-clergy-abuse-75165  

Any step that helps victims on the path to healing should be applauded. We hope that the Archbishop Dolan will expand the program in 2018 to help those abused in the New York Archdiocese by religious order priests, nuns, brothers and lay employees. These groups also worked with NY children under the supervision of the Archbishop.

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