The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Statement Regarding Death of Pope John Paul II
For Immediate Release:
Statement by: Mary Grant
On the occasion of the death of Pope John Paul II
"Many of our members are saddened by the death of Pope John Paul II, who was to many Catholics around the world, a symbol of compassion and integrity.
In the spring of 2002, we were greatly encouraged when the Pope told American church leaders that there was "no place in the priesthood for those who would harm the young." In expressing his solidarity with victims and their families, the Pope went on to say that abuse is "rightly considered a crime by society; it is also an appalling sin in the eyes of God."
We hope that those sentiments will be an enduring part of his legacy, along with his many other notable achievements. Bishops across the world should honor Pope John Paul's memory by using this strong sentiment as a guiding rule in dealing with sex crimes by clergy.
We also hope that his successor will fight harder to protect children and address, in a forthright and assertive manner, the sexual abuse of innocent children and vulnerable adults within the church.
For more information contact:
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests