National Shrine to host May 17 worldwide prayer to end COVID-19; SNAP reacts
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will host a recitation of the rosary on May 17 as part of Pope Francis' call for a worldwide marathon of prayer to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We, along with the rest of the world, would like to see the coronavirus in our rearview mirrors. However, we would also like to see an end to the pandemic of sexual abuse of children and targeted adults by clergy and others within the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis has direct control over this second pandemic. The pope could mandate that Catholic officials around the globe immediately report all allegations of sexual abuse within the Church to the professionals in law enforcement. He could also ensure that the results of all internal investigations at every level are made open and transparent to the faithful and the public. In addition, Pope Francis could remove all of those still in positions of authority who have covered up abuse. Finally, the pope could demand that all ecclesiastical probes at every level include laypeople and survivors among the decision-makers.
SNAP has been asking for internal reforms to address the scandal of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church for decades. Survivors and the vulnerable still among the faithful do not need Pope Francis to call a worldwide marathon of prayer, they need the pope to enact meaningful changes that will wipe out this other pandemic.
CONTACT: Becky Ianni, SNAP DC Leader and Board Member ( 703-801-6044, S[email protected]), Carol Yeager, SNAP North Carolina Leader (910-584-9113, [email protected]) Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager (267-261-0578, [email protected]) , Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009, [email protected])