The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims pan expected papal apology remarks
Group begs Catholics to “ignore the ‘regret,’ insist on the action”
Self help organization writes to Pope: “Stop the excuse-making & blame-shifting”
It urges Benedict to “protect kids now” by disclosing names of predator priests worldwide
And SNAP wants a global church abuse policy, tougher than the US one, “with real teeth”
They’ll urge parishioners to
They will also urge secular authorities across - Europe and North America – to
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 “few priests” are molesters, the crimes are “years ago,” the cover ups are “history,” and that abuse is allegedly just as common in other institutions. SNAP questions each of these claims.
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 to ignore and conceal child sex crimes.
And the organization is urging the Pope to take proven steps to safeguard children now. Specifically, SNAP wants the Pope to 1) publicly list, on diocesan websites across the world, the names and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused pedophile priests, and 2) toughen the US bishops’ sex abuse policy (especially to cover discipline and removal of corrupt bishops) and expand it worldwide.
(Roughly 24 US dioceses have named pedophile priests on their websites. Baltimore was the first, and Philadelphia has the best list.)
In a letter being sent today by fax and e mail to Pope Benedict, SNAP will ask Benedict to “go beyond mere words, and take real steps to expose, discipline or remove child molesting clerics and complicit church officials.”
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests