The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims release bishops sex policy changes
Newly-disclosed 60 page document to be given out
Hundreds of Catholic prelates will vote on it this week
Group feels “major overhaul,” not “minor tweaking,” is needed
SNAP: Latest plan doesn’t penalize those who ignore or conceal abuse
Bishops should not be able to “hand-pick” their abuse panels, SNAP says
Victims also want new provisions that would prevent bishops from hand-picking every single member of diocesan review boards, which supposedly evaluate each abuse report.
SNAP believes dramatic reforms are needed to better protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded and that George should spearhead the effort to make such “real reforms.” (George is the past president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and sometimes gives himself credit for allegedly playing a role in writing and passing the policy.)
SNAP notes there has been few, if any, bishops have tried over the past nine years to improve the policy.
The group especially wants to see the policy amended to mandate harsh penalties for any church employee from custodian to cardinal who ignore or conceals child sex crimes. There are no such provisions now, and virtually never, SNAP claims, are those who “enable” child molesting clerics ever punished for their misdeeds.
Each diocese has a review board, entirely hand-picked by bishops, which is supposed to deal with clergy sex cases. But SNAP says church officials often ignore or mislead these volunteers. So SNAP proposes that bishops pick just two members of each board and those members be allowed to pick others to fill out the panels.
SNAP contends that the few minor changes are largely designed to please Vatican bureaucrats, not make a real difference in safeguarding kids.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests