The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Nun Sex Abuse Victims To Hold 12 Hour Overnight Outdoor Fast & Vigil
They Bring Their Concerns to National Nuns Meeting In Denver
Group Seeks Meeting With Top Catholic Women Church Officials
SNAP Knows Hundreds of Kids Have Been Molested by Sisters
“Help Us Protect the Vulnerable and Heal the Wounded," Group Tells Nuns
Such Victims Are The “Next Wave” In Abuse Scandal, Self Help Organization Predicts
- announce they’re doing a 'sun down to sun up' fast and vigil tonight,
- discuss reforms they seek to prevent future nun sex abuse; and
- urge any one who saw, suspected or suffered sex crimes by nuns and other Catholic officials to come forward, get help and call secular, not church, authorities.
Still, the group is hearing from more and more such victims and predicts this will continue.
In 2004, officials with the nuns' group met once with a small group of SNAP leaders but rejected the victims' suggestions for prevention and healing (see below). As Pope Benedict XVI said to the American Bishops on April 16, 2008, "We will do everything possible to ensure that this does not happen in the future...It is your God given responsibility as pastors to bind up the wounds caused by every breach of trust, to foster healing, to promote reconciliation and to reach out with loving concern to those so seriously wronged." The group is asking the LCWR to follow the Pope's exhortation.
The LCWR is the nation's main association of congregations of Catholic nuns. It has roughly 1,000 members and represents about 95% of the 75,000 Catholic sisters in the US. SNAP is the nation's largest and oldest support group for clergy molestation victims.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests