ITALY - Powerful but complicit cardinal to lead prayer tomorrow, SNAP says

We are disappointed that Cardinal Angelo Sodano is leading prayer todmorrow. Given how integral he has been to the cover-up of crimes against children, especially those of Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, we feel that he should step aside and let another prelate take his place. 

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MA - Two US Catholic Cardinals contradict one another on ‘zero tolerance’

The top Catholic prelates of Boston and Chicago apparently disagree on whether or not “zero tolerance” for predators is or is not the world-wide policy of the church.

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ITALY- Six hurtful Vatican moves on first day of papal meetings

To understand why so many Catholics and victims are disillusioned with the church hierarchy, consider what happened in Rome yesterday.

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ITALY - Secret dossier should be made public, SNAP says

We believe that the Cardinals should not just be briefed on this dossier, but should get to read the entire thing. We also believe that the dossier should be made public. Transparency is always the best policy.

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IL - Cardinal George's priorities are backwards, SNAP says

Cardinal George suggests that few priests s molest kids these days. That's simply not true. Bishops in a tiny percentage of western nations have in recent years pledged ''zero tolerance." That promise is often broken.

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ITALY -Complicit non-voting cardinals in the “general congregation” meetings in Rome

We urge Catholic officials to make real – not symbolic – reforms that protect children and expose wrongdoing. At the same time, however, sometimes even a small gesture can bring some healing to suffering victims and betrayed Catholics. And sometimes, when wrongdoers experience even slight consequences, it can help deter future wrongdoing

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SNAP FACT SHEET ON COMPLICIT NON-VOTING CARDINALS

Roughly 90 prelates - too old to vote in the conclave - will take part in the General Congregation of Cardinals meetings. SNAP believes that a number of them (Sodano, Connell, Egan, Castrillón Hoyos, Law, McCarrick, and others) are guilty of - or credibly accused of - protecting child molesting clerics. Their peers should push them to stay home, or they should do so voluntarily, the group feels, for the sake of the church and to avoid heaping more pain on wounded victims and betrayed Catholics.

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ITALY - Victims have mixed view of Vatican O'Brien probe

Even a tiny bit of progress beats no progress at all. And any acknowledgement, however slight, that Catholic officials have hurt others can bring a small bit of comfort to the wounded.

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UK - O’Brien’s apology is weak, SNAP says

Cardinal Keith O'Brien’s apology is weak, vague, belated and thus hollow sounding. We simply do not believe he denied the accusations because his victims were anonymous.

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US - Vatican Summoned Before UN Committee on Rights of the Child

Today, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an alternate report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child documenting the ongoing worldwide sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The UN committee has summoned the Vatican to report on its record of ensuring children are protected from sexual violence and safeguarding children’s well-being and dignity, the first time the Holy See will have been called to account for its actions on these issues before an international body with authority. The first meeting will take place in Geneva in June.

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WI - Benedict leaves papacy with no apologies to we deaf victims of Fr. Murphy

Very sadly, today, Benedict XVI finished his time as Pope without ever once apologizing for his involvement in covering up the crimes of Fr. Lawrence Murphy, who sexually assaulted me and over 200 other students when we were youngsters at St. John’s boarding school for the deaf, operated by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

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CA - SNAP blasts Mahony claims of “scant information”

It's mind boggling and insulting that Mahony claims those who criticize him have ""scant information."

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