Catholic newspaper criticizes Pope's remarks today

For immediate release, September 23, 2015

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, SNAP Midwest Director (414 429 7259[email protected])

The editor of the independent National Catholic Reporter takes Francis to task today – as he should – for his first remarks about the church’s seemingly-endless scandal of sexual violence and secrecy.

An NCR reporter says that Francis made “an oblique” reference to the abuse and cover up crisis. And NCR editor Dennis Coday said that the pope’s “sadly disappointing” message was “a glaring oversight” that “will undoubtedly raise the charges of ‘he just doesn’t get it.’”

Both journalists are right. Francis today basically ignored those who are vulnerable because of the crisis: children. He basically ignored those who are suffering because of the crisis: victims.

He praised, instead of chastising, those who are causing the crisis: bishops. And he offered not a single step forward, other than his vague plea that these crimes, still happening now, somehow “not be repeated.”

Francis continues to please many who want a more merciful church but disappoint most who want a safer one.  

(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


Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747[email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected])




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  • Chris Tina Johnson
    commented 2015-09-23 17:14:43 -0500
    I wonder if the ‘MILLIONS’ idolizing the pope and his new saint Junipera genocide know about what the Jesuits did to indigenous all over the world.. or are they so brainwashed they don’t care what their church history and karma is?

    Remember this is just some of the abuse by JESUITS (pope francis order) in the NORTHWEST US..
    They were forced into paying and it is not nearly enough for the lives and generations they have ruined.. will pope francis make saints of his fellow Jesuits who raped and tortured native and non native innocent children and adults?

    Jesuits To Pay $166M For Sex Abuse Of Native American Children

    In one of the largest monetary payouts nationwide in the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual-abuse crisis, the Jesuits in the Northwest have agreed to pay
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