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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims praise outspoken priests
Newly promoted clerics are asked to renounce “honor”
SNAP to monsignors: “Stop seeking status, start protecting kids”
“Be helpful- create whistleblower fund,” self help organization says
A handful of Chicago area pastors are challenging Cardinal George
Group is encouraged by the trend & urges other church employees to “speak up”
They will also
SNAP agrees with McQuaid that reviving the ‘honorific’ title of ‘monsignor,’ and bestowing it on 40 priests, is far less important than ensuring the safety of thousands of kids in Chicago Catholic churches and schools. It’s especially problematic, SNAP says, because the group has seen no evidence that any of the 40 have gone above the ‘bare minimum’ in dealing with the church’s on-going child sex abuse and cover up crisis.
As an expression of solidarity with victims and a sign of their commitment to children, SNAP is publicly urging all of the honorees to renounce their new title and instead work harder to safeguard kids and heal victims. Specifically, the group is prodding the 40 to set up a ‘whistleblower reward fund’ to help break through a deeply-entrenched culture of silence in the church about abuse and give tangible support to current and former archdiocesan workers who report suspected child sex crimes to police and prosecutors.
The event is being held in conjunction with the 14th annual White Balloon Day in Australia, which focuses public attention on preventing child sexual abuse. (http://www.whiteballoonday.com.au/)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests