Rome- Survey says Pope should do more to protect kids, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, March 14, 2014

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

Only a quarter of respondents in a new poll say Pope Francis' is doing enough about the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse crisis.

The survey of citizens - Catholic and non-Catholic - was taken in USA, Canada and the UK.

For months, we've been saying that Pope Francis is making progress on church finances and governance, but he's done nothing – literally nothing – that protects a single child, exposes a single predator or prevents a single cover up. Sadly, that remains true even as the pontiff marks his first full year on the job.

(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 25 years and have more than 15,000 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 (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]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected])

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  • Jonathan Hinck
    commented 2014-03-15 09:17:45 -0500
    Neither Pope Francis nor any bishop or cardinal would have gotten to where they are had they, as priests, expressed disagreement with Church policies. Priests who do are browbeaten into conformity and denied promotion.

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