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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, February 8, 2010

Pope condemns abuse of children by priests; sex abuse victims respond

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688)

These are more meaningless and self-serving words from the Vatican designed strictly to mollify the flock while changing nothing. How many times does the Pope get to 'condemn' clergy sexual abuse while doing virtually nothing to stop it? How many times will he try to divert attention away from the complicity of bishops and focus exclusively on the crimes of the predators? When will we begin to hold him accountable for his inaction?

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around since 1988 and have more than 9,000 members across the country. 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, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Pope condemns abuse of children by priests; says children deserve to be loved, respected

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (CP) – 3 hours ago

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is condemning the abuse of children by priests, saying the church will never stop deploring such behaviour.

Benedict says that for centuries the Catholic Church had shown its commitment to loving and respecting children and ensuring their basic human rights are respected.

But he says, "Unfortunately in some cases, some of its members - acting in contrast to this commitment - have violated these rights, a behaviour that the church hasn't, and won't ever stop deploring and condemning."

Benedict's comments Monday to members of the Pontifical Council for the Family came as he is finalizing a letter to the Irish faithful concerning the Irish church's sex abuse and coverup scandal. Four bishops have announced their resignations.

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