The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims unveil '5 point action plan' after UK papal visit-10:30 a.m. Monday
After Pope’s visit, clergy abuse victims announce papal benchmarks
They want Benedict's strong words to be followed by even strong actions
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Victims believe that only these steps - simple, clear, measurable – will guarantee that the Pope's next overseas visit will have a lasting, historic and deep impact on the welfare of children around the world.
Each day of the UK papal visit, victims from several nations and SNAP leaders have focused on one of these
measures, through leafleting Catholics and holding news conferences.
Victims are urging Catholics to measure the success of Benedict's words and promises by his completion of the following 5 benchmarks:
-he adopts a global “zero tolerance” policy on child sex abuse by clergy to stop bishops from moving predator priests to new parishes, dioceses and countries and stay in ministry
- he sanctions, reprimands or publicly disciplines at least a handful of bishops who have transferred known sex offenders
-he orders bishops around the world to publicly disclose and post on line the names of all sex offender clerics and give evidence of their crimes to local and international law enforcement officials
-he urges heads of state and legislative bodies world-wide to launch thorough investigations of clergy sex crimes and cover ups as the Irish government has done (i.e., the Murphy report)
-he orders prelates to support, not oppose, secular legislative reforms, like extending or eliminating the statute of limitations, that better protect children from sex crimes.
Victims believe that the true meaning of the Pope's visit will only be known by the actions that are taken (or not taken by him) with bishops, Catholic laity, lawmakers, law enforcement officers, survivors and others in the next several months. Strong words, they believe, must be followed by strong actions that have measurable results.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests