SNAP responds to new Catholic cardinals

For immediate release: Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

We are grateful that Pope Francis named none of the eligible U.S. archbishops (Chaput of Philadelphia, Vigneron of Detroit, and Lori of Baltimore) as a new cardinal.



But we are disappointed that Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been elevated.


Each of these four men have dreadful records on children’s safety.  


At the same time, we are disappointed that Pope Francis did not promote Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. While far from perfect, he’s better than more prelates on abuse. Promoting him would have been encouraging to many survivors.

But the pope’s cardinal choices are less important in many ways than his decision to rebuff Polish law enforcement officials who want a credibly accused child molesting archbishop returned from the Vatican to face criminal charges. Pope Francis’ decision to essentially harbor a fugitive who allegedly molested at least five boys is terribly disturbing and hurtful to tens of thousands of suffering child sex abuse victims and millions of already betrayed Catholics.

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]) 

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  • June N
    commented 2014-01-12 15:05:55 -0600
    Barbara, You might find a timely 1) article regarding RC Concordats written by Richard Bennett, Biblical Apologist & former RC priest of great help in understanding how the RCC / Vatican operates.
    The concordat with Mussolini was just the beginning of many civil concordats, one of the most infamous being that between Pope Pius XII and Adolf Hitler. 15 The Papacy had again consolidated its power from within by the 1917 Code of Canon Law and from without by legal concordats with the various nations. Thus the Vatican, with its own citizens as part of sovereign nations across the world and with her civil agreements with the same nations, has a double cord of power. The individual Catholic, fearing for his salvation, and laden with his first allegiance being to “holy Mother Church” is a pliable pawn in the hand of the Papacy. 16

    Citation: 1) Article: An Overview of the History of the Papacy
    Source: Berean Beacon

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