The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
April 14, 2008
New poll show Catholics outrage over abuse & cover ups is highest ever
Parishioners' negative views about on-going crisis has shot up 25 points since 2004
Statement by Peter Isely of the SNAP National Board, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
We are grateful that so many Catholics realize that little has changed in the church hierarchy's continued mismanagement and cover up of horrific child sex crimes. These findings are truly shocking, given that church officials have spent millions on public relations efforts designed to convince American Catholics that “everything has been fixed.”
Despite pledges to promptly suspend accused predators, bishops often don't do that. Despite promises to be 'transparent' about child sex cases, bishops often don't do that. Despite pledges to treat victims with compassion, bishops don't often do that.
And since bishops' actions don't match their words, Catholics' justifiable outrage over their continuing scandal keeps growing. Until there is widespread, real reform within the church, Catholics won't be mollified by smoke and mirrors and public relations.
No one, of course, can initiate real reform like the Pope himself. Instead of offering just prayers, apologies and promises this week, the pontiff finally should take strong, decisive, world-wide action to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests