Rome--Pope will speak at United Nations

Pope will speak @ United Nations; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, Jan. 19

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1 312 399 4747, [email protected])

Pope Francis confirmed today that he'll speak to the United Nations in NYC later this year.   

When he does, we urge him to directly address the two UN panel reports that are highly critical of how top Catholic officials still endanger kids, move predators and maintain secrecy around clergy sex crimes.

Francis has basically ignored these compelling reports while defensive underlings ducked, dodged and denied the solid evidence in them and attacked the motives of the dedicated volunteers who wrote them.

While making progress on church morale, finances and governance, Francis has made minimal gestures on abuse and cover ups. He must do more. We strongly urge diplomats and UN staff to prod the pope to take tangible action to expose crimes, punish enablers, help prosecutors, deter cover ups and make kids safer right now by ousting and revealing both clerics who commit and conceal sexual violence.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have 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

Contact - David Clohessy +1 314-566-9790, [email protected], Barbara Dorris +1 314-503-0003, [email protected], Barbara Blaine +1 312-399-4747, [email protected]


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  • John Duffin
    commented 2015-01-20 05:07:57 -0600
    As I view another major event that the catholic church will be holding, I am wondering how many SNAP members are devote church going, every weekend members of the RCC? As we fight the good fight, against a huge monstrosity that is the RCC, and we see day after day, legal charges of criminal abuse by the clergy of every level, how SNAP members can sit;ll belong to the church. If you are a member of SNAP and have left the church, like myself, I can understand that. But what I can’t understand is how, after wading knee deep in these criminal revelations that arrises like a tsunami of criminal action after criminal action, that is always denied and fought with tooth and claw by the church, can not only still believe in a god, but can still be a member of the RCC.
    If after all these fights and information behavior that is the most appalling act that one human being can commit on another human being, just exactly what WOULD it take for you to walk away from the church and from god/or gods? And if you say ‘there is nothing that would make me give up my faith in god or to the RCC’, then convince me that you are not a victim of brainwashing? Seriously.
    I asked myself after seeing JP2 back in the day, being surrounded by his security force, waiting to see the pontiff. ‘Who wants to kill this man that represents love, harmony, and good will? What do the critics say’? I found out what the critics had to say. And after finding out how absolutely corrupt from top to bottom the church is, all the while claiming the opposite, I felt and still feel, that the most immoral act I could ever do is remain a member. I have too many innate morals to be associated with such a despicable organization. You too have innate morals, and after all of this information that you have been exposed to, and still belong, is a most egregious act, IMHO. Like in the Watergate Gate hearings: ‘What did you know, and when did you know it’?
    Thank you SNAP members and all of the hard work you do.
    I just had to get this off of my chest.
    John Duffin.
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