The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims rap Vatican child sex abuse guidelines
There’s “no stick or no carrot,” just “recommendations”
SNAP: Document ignores “crux of the crisis: complicit bishops”
Non-binding letter to world’s prelates “falls far short,” group says
- blast a new Vatican letter issued today on child sex abuse, and
- outline specific steps they believe should be taken to stop future clergy abuse & cover ups.
They will also urge
SNAP is upset that there is still no universal church policies mandating that bishops report all child sex abuse suspicions to law enforcement or suspend all credibly accused child molesting clerics immediately while investigations are launched. The group also wants church employees who ignore or conceal abuse to face harsh consequences and every diocese to post on line the names of proven, admitted and credibly accused predator priests.
Last year, Pope Benedict pledged to “do everything possible” to prevent future abuse. SNAP contends he’s falling far short on this promise.
The guidelines, SNAP contends, don’t really help protect the vulnerable or heal the wounded right now or in the near future.
Founded in 1988, SNAP is the world’s largest and oldest self-help group for clergy molestation victims. It has more than 10,000 members in the United States and six other countries.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests