Rome--No law enforcement official on papal abuse panel
For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec. 17,
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org )
There seems to be no prosecutor or police official on Francis’ abuse study panel. In other words, while several disciplines are represented, there’s apparently no one on the panel who’s really accustomed to imposing discipline. And that’s what continues to be missing throughout this crisis – real discipline for church employees who endanger children.
Francis has appointed priests, nuns, therapists and diplomats. But it seems he has picked no one with a track record of “cracking heads” and imposing reforms (like Frank Keating, the ex-prosecutor who first headed the US bishops abuse panel).
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 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)