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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims to Pope: “Start clean up in your backyard”
Group wants pontiff to deal with 8 predators recently in Italy
Some are fugitives from justice; others whereabouts are now unknown
Victims will hold “minute of silence” in honor of dozens hurt at Italian deaf school
They also urge pontiff to rebuke high ranking Vatican aide who ignored abuse reports
They will also
The group is releasing a fact sheet with names and specifics about eight Catholic clerics who are or recently were in Italy and who face credible child sex abuse allegations. Most have been sent abroad from other nations. All have been publicly exposed before, some recently, through criminal or civil legal action and/or news accounts.
With those accused pedophile priests who still walk free, especially those who are fleeing justice, SNAP believes Vatican officials should use their vast resources and global connections to help find the wrongdoers and give law enforcement their whereabouts and personnel files, so the priest predators might be prosecuted and kept away from kids. With all of the clerics, SNAP believes Vatican officials should work harder to find and help others who the clerics molested, especially those who may still be trapped in shame, silence and self blame.
In the spring of 2009, dozens of deaf former students of the Antonio Provolo school in Verona Italy began reporting that 24 priests and lay brothers abused them - sexually and physically - between 1950s to the 1980s. Cardinal William Levada, an American who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is essentially in charge of abuse for the Vatican. But it took Levada more than a year to even acknowledge the abuse reports from Verona. He did so only after an international media firestorm just a few weeks ago.
SNAP wants Benedict to publicly censure or rebuke Levada, to discourage such recklessness and callousness in the future.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests