Australia- Victims demand Pell's return for questioning

For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 26

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, 314-503-0003 [email protected]  

Pope Francis has the right to promote any prelate he likes and to insist that he "start work as soon as possible" in Rome. 

But citizens and Catholics have rights too. They have a right, through their governmental representatives, to question an alleged wrongdoer.

So we call on Pope Francis to reassure Australians today that Cardinal George Pell will be compelled to return to take questions by any panel that is investigating the church's on-going complicity in abuse cases in Australia. That is the least Pope Francis can do, given the great harm that has been done, the suffering that remains and the questions that still need answers.  

We are very pained by the Pope's promotion of Pell. (It's clear that Pell ignored, minimized and concealed clergy child sex crimes.) But we will be even more pained if the Pope's callous move also enables an enabler - a cleric who protected predators instead of children - to evade legitimate and long-overdue questions about his extensive role in clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

(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 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by those in positions of authority including priests, nuns, rabbis, bishops, Protestant ministers, Scout leaders, teachers and coaches. Our website is                                                                            

Contact – Nicky Davis, SNAP Australia Leader (04 4901 8594 [email protected]) David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])


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