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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Ex San Francisco archbishop ignored deaf abused kids
Clerics are accused of molesting dozens of hearing impaired children
Vatican did nothing, however, for a year, even after publicity surfaced
Victims want Levada to “aggressively reach out” to “those who are hurting”
Now, Vatican’s #3 official, he’s in charge of clergy sex abuse cases wordwide
A Bay area man, abused here, has written top Catholic officials but gotten no reply
One many will disclose pages of correspondence he has sent to Rome about the predator priest who molested him and still lives in the Bay area. He’s gotten no reply from the Vatican.
They will urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups – here or overseas - to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing
The group will publicly urge Levada to explain and apologize for his delay and use Vatican resources to aggressively seek out others who may have been assaulted at the school.
SNAP will also criticize the Pope for comments he made yesterday. In remarks widely interpreted as relating to the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis, Benedict spoke of not “being intimidated by petty gossip.” And in recent days, high-ranking Catholic officials in the Vatican and elsewhere have called recent disclosures of abuse cases “despicable,” “ignoble” and part of a “conspiracy.”
Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, an aide to the Pope, told reporters on Thursday "This (the ) is a pretext for attacking the church . . . There is a well organised plan with a very clear aim." This theme was pursued by Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's newspaper, wrote in an editorial of an "evident and despicable intent to get to and strike Benedict XVI and his closest collaborators, regardless of everything".
These hurtful comments, SNAP feels, are problematic in two ways. First, they rub even more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of tens of thousands of men, women and children across the globe who have been raped, sodomized and sexually assaulted by priests, nuns, seminarians, brothers and bishops. Second, they intimidated others who have been molested, are still suffering but are trapped in shame and self blame. Top Catholic officials are hurting and shunning victims, instead of welcoming and supporting them.
One SNAP member will also give copies of his unanswered letters to the Vatican about the priest who molested him (and still walks free). He’ll discuss his frustration at church officials who
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests