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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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Victims to hand fliers to Catholics blasting ‘backsliding bishops’
Pope admits ‘badly handled’ crisis, but US officials deny & backpedal
Group attacks Vatican’s top American Cardinal & Long Island prelate
The two undercut Pontiff’s message of hope and reconciliation, SNAP says
Their ‘insensitive denials’ only ‘rub salt into wounds’ of victims & Catholics
Self help group also asks parishioners to invite victims to speak in churches
-- follow the Pope’s example and invite victims to speak in their churches, and
-- speak out against two high-ranking church officials whose recent remarks ‘undercut’ the Pope by denying or minimizing US bishops’ wrongdoing in child sex cases
Earlier this week, the Pope met with victims and urged each Catholic to ‘do what you can to foster healing and reconciliation, and to assist those who have been hurt.’ For many victims, speaking before Catholic groups about their experiences is very healing. SNAP hopes more Catholics will be moved by the Pontiff’s remarks this week and will invite victims to give talks at parishes.
Earlier this week, the Pope candidly admitted that the scandal has been “sometimes very badly handled” by US bishops. Yet on Friday, a top Vatican official, Cardinal William Levada, largely blamed the crisis on therapists who allegedly gave bishops bad advice about predator priests. Levada denied that there’s a “broad base of bishops guilty of aiding and abetting pedophiles.”
Considerable evidence suggests otherwise, as do recent survey results that show substantial and growing dissatisfaction by Catholics over the US hierarchy’s cover ups. (A lengthy Dallas Morning News investigation - published on June 12, 2002 - found that 2/3 of all US bishops quietly shuffled predators around, despite proof that they had molested kids.)
Levada is the former archbishop of San Francisco.
And in a Newsday interview yesterday, Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy made similarly deceptive comments, saying “there may have been some bishops that mishandled” the crisis. Murphy, who was a close and controversial associate of Boston’s severely discredited Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned over the crisis. Murphy once said he should have been ‘less quick to judge’ lay Catholics who’ve criticized him, but has rarely admitted his reckless and secretive decisions regarding predator priests in Boston or on Long Island.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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