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Rome--Victims group blasts Vatican abuse summit

Recent cases show epidemic of child pornography and cover-up in the church 

Church should be target of global response, not leading it, group says

Today, the world’s largest support group for men and women sexually abused in the Catholic Church is criticizing a Vatican summit aimed at exposing child sexual abuse on the Internet. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/world/europe/catholic-church-sex-abuse.html

"If the Vatican is so dedicated to punishing people who use the internet to exploit children, the first thing they need to do is fix the problem within the church. Then they must punish their own bishops who covered up for men who made, uploaded, viewed or distributed child pornography,” said Barb Dorris, the managing director of SNAP, the Survivors Network (SNAPNetwork.org). 
“And there is the obvious: they must turn over Msgr. Carlo Capella to civil authorities in the United States and Canada. Anything less than that is smoke and mirrors,” she said.
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Canada--Vatican diplomat wanted on porn charges now wanted in Canada, supervisor giving keynote at Vatican digital child protection conference, Victims respond

For immediate release, September 30, 2017

Statement by Becky Ianni, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors and Volunteer Virginia/Washington DC Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network, SNAPvirginia@cox.net(703) 801-6044

https://globalnews.ca/news/3775937/man-wanted-on-child-porn-charges-in-windsor-ont-now-living-in-italy-police/

The crime of child pornography is not a victimless crime. The children in these images are in the process of being sexually abused or exploited. We applaud the RCMP for vigorously investigating these alleged crimes.

This is now the second time that Msgr. Capella has been accused by civil authorities. This is the second time that the Vatican has said it will handle the issue internally. This is not acceptable, nor is it in accordance with Pope Francis’ own statements on transparency. If he is to adhere to his promises to victims, Catholics, and the public, Pope Francis must fully cooperate with civil authorities in both Canada and the United States.
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