Priest abuse victims' group blacklists 12 cardinals for pope

Rome (CNN) -- A group representing survivors of sexual abuse by priests named a "Dirty Dozen" list of cardinals it said would be the worst candidates for pope based on their handling of child sex abuse claims.

Their presence on the list is based "on their actions and/or public comment about child sex abuse and cover up in the church," the group said.

The list includes Roman Catholic cardinals from several countries.

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SNAP, the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests, said as it released the list Wednesday that its accusations were based on media reports, legal filings and victims' statements.

The cardinals named on the list have not yet respo...


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  • Doris Hall
    commented 2013-03-11 17:44:15 -0500
    What will SNAP do if a Cardinal who is on the “12 Cardinal Blacklist” is chosen as Pope tomorrow, if anything?
  • Steve Voelker
    commented 2013-03-08 15:20:41 -0600
    @ Doris Hall: Sadly, you cannot be sure. That’s why I left and I’ll have nothing further to do with the Catholic Church.
  • jo wi681
    commented 2013-03-08 08:16:22 -0600
    The negative reaction of the cardinals is shocking. I support this group’s efforts to explose that demonic circle of pedophiles and their other supporter-cover up minions in the Church and society. This is Truth Time for the Church. We either stand up and weed out these “bad fish” for the harm they do to our childrens’ spirits or we support nothing but hypocrisy, corruption, greed, power, and lies — all gifts of evil used to undermine Truth. While I’m not a victim, I am appalled by how our victims have been treated — especially by these filthy dozen. Anyone with any sense of compassion cannot but be moved by the pain and harm they experienced. Any cardinal who does not appreciate that is really incapable of teaching humanity how to be human. it’s that simple.
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  • Doris Hall
    commented 2013-03-07 20:51:48 -0600
    Our Philadelphia, Pa. Monsignor Lynn went to jail and is guilty of transferring abusive priests to other parishes. How, as Catholics, can we be sure if there are any clean Cardinals that will be picked as the next Vicar of the church?

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