Rome--Victims urge pope to suspend Pell

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 19

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Orange County, California, SNAP western regional director (949 322 7434, [email protected])

Over a year, more than a dozen cops and say they’ve found five or ten alleged victims of Pope Francis’ top aide. That’s pretty credible and serious. For the safety of kids, the pontiff should suspend Cardinal George Pell.

Our hearts ache for every Australian girl and boy who were hurt first by child molesting clerics and again by callous church officials. We also ache for millions of betrayed Australian Catholics. But we ache most of all for those who were assaulted as youngsters and were brave as adults reporting their pain to Pell and his underlings, only to be rebuffed, disbelieved and mistreated again.

(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

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


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