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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims blasts church sex policy ‘tweaks’
They want special investigation of 3 dioceses
Hundreds of Catholic prelates will vote on plan this week
Group feels “major overhaul,” not “minor tweaking,” is needed
SNAP: Latest plan doesn’t penalize those who ignore or conceal abuse
The National Catholic Reporter writes that draft changes are“little more than date and number updates and language tweaks for clarity.”
For weeks, a number of bishops have promised to “re-examine” the policy in recent months. Evidently, however, there has been little real discussion or serious effort to do so, SNAP believes. So the group contends that, at a bare minimum, the church’s national abuse panel –called the National Review Board – launch investigations into three dioceses that are currently embroiled in recent cover up scandals.
SNAP dramatic reforms are needed to better protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. But the group 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