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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, June 6, 2011

Vatican delays Irish reforms; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1 314 862 7688 home, +1 314 503 0003 cell, [email protected])

It is disappointing that the Vatican continues to drag its feet on the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Catholic officials have been concealing child sex crimes for decades, if not centuries. It should not take so long for them to come up with recommendations on reform for the Irish church.

We are not confident that any substantive progress will happen. Still, added delays only increase the vulnerability of kids and the pain of victims. Every day that real action is not taken is a day when children are at risk of being molested by clergy.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 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 (+1-314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (+1-312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (+1-414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (+1-314-862-7688 home, +1-314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Vatican takes more time to mull Irish sex abuse

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

Updated 06:52 a.m., Monday, June 6, 2011

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is taking several more months before making its recommendations on renewing the Catholic Church in Ireland following devastating revelations of clerical sex abuse and coverup.

The Vatican issued preliminary findings of its investigation into Irish dioceses, seminaries and religious orders, saying only that no further visits were warranted for dioceses and seminaries but that follow-up visits were necessary at some religious communities.

The Vatican said Monday it would come ahead with recommendations for the Irish church "in the coming months" and that a full report would be published in early 2012.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has spoken out recently, criticizing the Vatican's slow pace, and Monday's statement was unlikely to satisfy those expecting more tangible results after Vatican investigators turned in their reports in April.

Pope Benedict XVI ordered the investigation in March 2010 following revelations in Irish government-ordered investigations of chronic clerical child abuse and decades of cover-ups by church authorities.

The scandals have caused exceptional trauma in Ireland, a once-devoutly Catholic nation. An Irish government collapsed in 1994 amid arguments over its failure to extradite a pedophile priest to Northern Ireland. Since 2002, a government-organized compensation board has paid out more than euro800 million ($983 million) to 13,000 people abused in Ireland's church-run homes for children.

The Vatican's investigation in Ireland dealt with the handling of cases of abuse and providing assistance to victims. The nine Vatican-appointed investigators also looked at current procedures to prevent abuse and sought ways to improve them.

Martin said he was becoming "increasingly impatient" at the Vatican's pace of the investigation process, saying the longer the delay in releasing the results of the probe "the greater the danger of false expectations and the greater the encouragement to those who prefer immobilism to reform."

Martin has been the strongest voice in the Irish hierarchy demanding accountability and reform in the Irish church.

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