The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
US clergy sex abuse victims appeal to Catholics worldwide
“Please don’t give a penny to the Pope,” support group pleads
SNAP considers promised papal letter to Ireland to be “more fluff”
And they’re upset that Vatican ignored requests for help with Irish investigation
Self-help organization also supports having similar probes done in other dioceses
Victims believe the real solution is secular authorities “reigning in” the extreme power of bishops
She will also describe American efforts to reform civil and criminal laws to protect kids by deterring future recklessness, deceit and callousness by church officials and exposing dangerous child molesters.
SNAP opposes seeking a papal apology, papal visit to Ireland and/or a papal meeting with survivors. The group feels, such moves are purely symbolic and only lead to premature complacency and assumptions of reform.
The group supports
More than two decades of experience has convinced SNAP that the church hierarchy can’t and won’t reform itself. The crux of the crisis is the nearly limitless power of Catholic bishops, which must be ‘reigned in,’ SNAP feels, by more aggressive law enforcement, more child-friendly abuse laws, and more legal opportunities for victims to expose dangerous predators and corrupt bishops in civil courts.
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is America’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. It has been around for 21 years and has more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in its title, SNAP helps people who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Its website is SNAPnetwork.org
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests