The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex victims release more church records
Church had ‘centers’ for predators as far back as 50 years ago
Frustrated by ‘on-going church secrecy,’ SNAP urges Pope to ‘come clean’
Group is also upset because LA archdiocese & priests still hiding documents
One Catholic official admitted that 30% of rejected seminarians are later ordained
Some of the records are written by the head of the Paracletes, a religious order that tries to rehabilitate predator priests. Decades ago, he admitted that “There are now in many parts of the world (facilities) “where ‘Christ’s wounded priests’ may be cared for.” In another shocking acknowledgement, he said that 30% of all priesthood candidates who are first rebuffed because of "question(able) qualifications" are later ordained because “someone in authority overruled” the initial rejection. He also urged the Vatican to adopt a “heavy penalty” for those “tampering with the innocence of the young,” including "retirement . . .within a monastery" or "complete (defrocking)," in part because “Many experienced priests agree (we) not turning out men as dedicated to their priesthood as we did in former days."
The cleric had a private audience with then-Pope Paul VI and later wrote that he opposed “the return of priests to active duty that have been addicted to abnormal practices, especially sins with the young.”
These records, and thousands of other similar pages, were to be made public as part of the $660 million Los Angeles Archdiocese settlement in 2007. Church defense lawyers are still fighting to keep those records hidden.
Several times during his papacy, Benedict has urged bishop to be “transparent” with child sex cases. In light of his advice, and recent disclosures of abuse and cover up in the Pope’s home diocese in Germany, SNAP wants the pontiff to publicly disclosed how he handled hundreds of cases from across the globe from 2001-2005 as head of CDF (the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), the Vatican office where all such cases are sent.
SNAP is holding a similar event simultaneously in St. Louis, where the Paracletes are now headquartered. (314-965-0860, [email protected], http://www.theservants.org/servants.htm) It’s headed by Fr. Peter Lechner.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests