Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yet more papal words about abuse; Child sex victims respond

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414 429 7259)

Who wouldn’t express sadness at decades of rampant child sex crimes and cover ups? Another papal apology is a no- brainer but a non-starter.

But who wouldn’t take strong, global steps to stop such crimes and cover ups? That’s what we find so painful and inexplicable – why, if the pope feels so much remorse, won’t he take action?

Vulnerable kids need predator priests removed. Wounded victims need corrupt bishops exposed. That’s what matters. That’s what the Pope won’t do.

The Pope can apologize daily. But until he acts, he’s a big part of the problem, not the solution.

Each time the Pope apologizes, a tiny handful of adult victims feel a tiny bit of short term comfort. But each time, he squanders precious time that should be spent on stopping child sex crimes and cover ups now and in the future.

No bishop voluntarily identifying predator priests. No prelate punished for concealing crimes. No church official fired to endangering kids. No world-wide “zero tolerance” church abuse policy. This is the reckless reality in the global church that the Pope must remedy. This cries out for action. Apologies, weak or strong, one or many, don’t do the job that vulnerable kids need.

Not one child on the planet is safer today because of the latest few sentences from the Pope about this crisis.

As Pope, he’s removed two pedophile priests and demoted no corrupt bishops. He’s disclosed not one document about the cover up. He’s back not one secular law that better safeguards kids. He’s not defrocked a single bishop who secretly moved known predators.

We don’t need a Pope who is sad about crimes. We need a Pope who will prevent crimes. And his words prevent nothing.

Showing remorse isn’t leadership. Taking decisive action is leadership. Kids need a Pope who will lead.

(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 for 22 years and have more than 10,000 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 –

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747 cell, [email protected], 07587206053), Therese Albrecht 07 570 893 544), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003 cell, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Mark Serrano (703 727 4940, [email protected])

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests