The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Statement Regarding Election of Cardinal Ratzinger
to Pope Benedict XVI
April 19, 2005
Statement by Mary Grant of Long Beach,
CA, SNAP western regional director (626) 419 2930
Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, is a polarizing
figure to many, who seems to prefer combativeness to compromise and compassion.
Still, we wish him well.
We also hope that he will
- promptly discipline complicit bishops, who transfered and shielded serial molesters while shunning wounded victims and ignoring vulnerable families.
Virtually no consequences can deter abusers. but serious consequences can deter their enablers. We hope the new Pope understands and acts on this.
- adopts and enforces a world wide zero tolerance policy.
It's important to remember: while Vatican may set tone, and while buck stops here, no one can effectively supervise 4,900 employees, each whom essentially rules his own kingdom, scattered across the globe.
So preventing abuse and healing victims always has been and always is the responsibility of the bishops.
It's therefore important that he choose bishops who are caring shepherds, not bureaucratic CEOs.
It's also crucial that the new pope follow the words and views of John
Paul II who said "there is no place in the priesthood for anyone
who would harm the young."
For more information:
In the U.S.:
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests