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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims want Pope to discipline Cardinal
He tried to keep his colleague’s child sex crimes a secret
SNAP: “When no bishop is punished for cover ups, nothing changes”
Group also urges church hierarchy to set up data base of predator priests
They say top officials must take “real steps,” not “symbolic ones,” to help
“That’s the only way kids will be safer,” US-based self-help organization says
They will also
SNAP will also prod the pontiff to take a “real step” toward protecting children: setting up a world-wide data base of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics (modeled on a private, US-based one called BishopAccountability.org). Such a list would be perhaps the most effective way the Vatican could truly safeguard children, SNAP believes.
Regardless of what the pontiff does, SNAP wants local bishops (especially Edinburgh’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien) to do what 24 US bishops have done, and post the names and whereabouts of child molesting clerics who are/have been in Scotland.
In 2002, Baltimore became the first US diocese to disclose names. A good current example is the Philadelphia archdiocese: http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm. Here is a list of all the dioceses that have disclosed names: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm
SNAP will also urge church staff to use their “considerable resources” to reach out to anyone with information about alleged clergy child sex crimes, instead of passively sitting back and waiting for victims to come forward.
Specifically, victims are asking bishops to use their diocesan and parish websites and bulletins to beg victims and witnesses to contact law enforcement. Each bishop, the victims maintain, has a moral and civic duty to report clergy sex crimes and suspicions immediately to secular authorities AND aggressively seek out others with knowledge of the accusations and urge them to call law enforcement as well.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests