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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Groups blast abuse report & bishops’ plan
They praise & thank victims who come forward
And they want to know status of 225 predator priests
That’s the only way to safeguard kids, organizations say
They will also
Based on experiences across the world with other Catholic dioceses ‘in crisis,’ the groups will predict and criticize the so-called “reforms” that Belgian bishops will be unveiling on Monday. The group suspects that bishops will continue to try and handle abuse reports quietly and “in house,” offering only minor and largely insignificant policies and procedures that will have little impact, if any, on the on-going crisis.
Despite the recent legal setback denying law enforcement the use of evidence gained in a raid last summer, the groups want Belgian civil authorities to work harder to investigate clergy sex crimes and seek justice against those who committed and conceal devastating crimes against kids.
The two organizations believe that the report issued late last week by Prof. Adriaenssens' panel misstates the extent of the crimes and cover ups. It will lead, the groups feel, to premature complacency and leave kids at risk of more abuse. The panel did little consultation with existing victims’ groups.
Church officials work hard to persuade the public that panels like Adriaenssens' are independent. They aren't. These small, hand-picked, carefully-selected individuals who are unlikely to 'rock the boat' and
who largely depend on the very bishops who appointed them for information about the very crimes which bishops have long covered up. So even though they may be well-intentioned, they have little ability to ferret out the deeply-held secrets that bishops still control.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests