The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims pan next week’s papal remarks
Group begs Catholics to “ignore the apology, insist on the action”
Self help organization wants the Pope to “end the excuse-making & blames-shifting”
It urges Benedict to protect kids now by disclosing names of all predator priests worldwide
As parishioners leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers urging Catholics to
They will also urge secular authorities across - Europe and North America – to
And they’ll urge anyone who sees, suspects, or suffers clergy sex crimes to call police officials, not church officials.
But SNAP wants the pontiff to avoid blaming gays, journalists, therapists and allegedly “anti-Catholic” bias for the crisis, and minimizing the scandal by claiming the crimes are “years ago,” the cover ups are “history,” and that abuse is allegedly as common in other institutions.
Instead, the group wants Benedict to squarely place responsibility where SNAP believes it belongs: on reckless, deceitful and callous church officials who have and continue ignoring and concealing child sex crimes.
And the organization is urging the Pope to take proven steps to safeguard children now. One such step is to publicly list, on diocesan websites across the world, the names and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused pedophile priests. (Roughly 24 US dioceses have taken this step, including the Chicago Archdiocese.)
In a letter sent today by fax and e mail to Pope Benedict, SNAP will ask the pontiff to “go beyond mere words, and take real steps to expose, discipline or remove child molesting clerics and complicit church officials immediately.”
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests