The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse group wants probe into sex abuse by nuns
New Vatican investigation is headed by Toledo’s Catholic bishop
But it focuses on “doctrinal issues,” not sexual misconduct & cover up
SNAP wants Blair to broaden his inquiry or push Rome for a separate one
Those molested by nuns are “overlooked” & “feel isolated” self help group says
They’ll also urge anyone who was molested by a nun to come forward, call police, get help, expose predators and start healing.
VISUALS: Participants will hold signs and pass out flyers as parishioners leave mass. (View flyer)
SNAP believes Blair has the clout and obligation to prod the church hierarchy in Rome to broaden his inquiry. The group has been and remains highly critical of how Blair has handled pedophile priest cases in his own diocese. Still, it worries that there’s virtually no data on how extensive sexual abuse by nuns is, and feels that a self-survey would provide at least a ‘starting point’ for education and reform.
Later this month, Blair is expected to send surveys to almost 400 institutes of nuns across the country. It could easily be changed to include questions about sexual abuse.
Alternatively, SNAP feels Blair could prod Vatican officials to insist on a separate inquiry into child molestation by Catholic sisters. SNAP has been contacted by several hundred men and women who report having been sexually violated by American nuns.
The nation's largest group of nuns, the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR), based in Silver Spring, MD, meets later this month in New Orleans. For several years, SNAP has tried to dialogue with LCWR about abuse by nuns, with little success.
In June, a group of Irish nuns publicly apologized for abuse perpetrated there by its members.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests