Vatican--Second member of pope’s abuse panel complains; SNAP responds
For immediate release, February 15, 2016
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, outreach director for SNAP (314 503 0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
A second member of a papal abuse panel is blasting Vatican officials for “great resistance” to child abuse reforms.
Marie Collins of Ireland said she was “horrified, absolutely horrified” to hear that new bishops were told they need not report known or suspected abuse to secular authorities. “It couldn’t be further from best practice if you tried to,” she told the Irish Times in a new interview.
Another panel member, Peter Saunders of the UK, is also critical of the Vatican.
Francis’ handling of the abuse crisis is coming under fire from others too:
---The New York Times editorial board: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/11/opinion/tracing-the-bishops-culpability-in-the-child-abuse-scandal.html?_r=0
It’s worth noting that these complaints come during the same week that it was revealed that Vatican officials reportedly agreed to lift the suspension of Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul, a convicted predator priest, paving the way to his re-assignment despite repeated “zero tolerance” pledges
Our hearts ache for Marie, Peter and millions of victims and Catholics who are repeatedly betrayed by a Catholic hierarchy that just refuses to put kids’ safety first.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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