Roster of Statements


The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, July 25, 2011

Papal Nuncio recalled to Rome over Cloyne Report fall-out; SNAP responds

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, [email protected])

Catholic officials are claiming that a simple, common sense management move is somehow indicative of real Vatican reform on child sexual abuse by clerics. They’re wrong.

The Pope is merely doing what any other supervisor would do: meet face-to-face with a widely-criticized underling so he won’t make an awful scene even worse by responding inappropriately. This is just more ‘damage control,’ not any sign of even the slightest progress whatsoever. For Vatican officials to imply this is just more posturing.

Vatican spokesman Fr Benedettini claims that the papal Nuncio's recall showed the Vatican wanted "serious and effective collaboration with the (Irish) government." That’s preposterous. When the Irish government needed “collaboration” with church officials, church officials slammed the door in the government’s face and essentially continues to do so now.

One can run toward a destination. Or one can run in place. Temporarily bringing the papal nuncio to Rome is merely running in place.

Meanwhile, in Rome, Catholic officials are still refusing to take decisive action to protect Irish kids, preferring instead to take evasive action to shift blame and deny responsibility. In the face of the fourth and most recent independent investigation of clergy sex crimes and cover ups, top church staffers claiming that nameless Irish individuals are not being “objective” about the Cloyne report.

When will Catholic bureaucrats learn that shooting the messenger rarely works?

(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

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