The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
In Rome, clergy sex victims pan this week’s remarks by Pope
Group begs Catholics to “ignore papal apology, insist on papal action”
Self help organization wants Pope Benedict to “end the excuse-making & blame-shifting”
SNAP also urges him to protect kids now by disclosing names of all predator priests worldwide
They will also urge Catholics world-wide 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.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 8, 1:30 p.m.
But SNAP wants “action, not words,” and is urging the pontiff to avoid blaming gays, journalists, lawyers,
therapists, “secular” culture and allegedly “anti-Catholic” bias for the crisis. They’re pushing him to avoid 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, victims want Benedict to squarely place responsibility where SNAP believes it belongs: on reckless, deceitful and callous church officials who even now continue to ignore and conceal child sex abuse.
And the organization is urging the Pope to take three clear steps to safeguard children now: 1) invite and cooperate with state inquires into abuse cover ups (like the Irish government has done), 2) push for reforming or eliminating “predator friendly laws” (like the statute of limitations), and 3) to create a global child molesting clerics registry and publicly list it on diocesan websites across the world, (including the names and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused pedophile priests. (Roughly 24 US dioceses have taken steps like this.)
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