Vatican--New bishops are NOT told to call police about abuse, Crux reports

For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

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

New Catholic bishops are NOT told to call law enforcement when abuse reports are made, according to a veteran Vatican reporter.

John Allen of Crux (formerly with the National Catholic Reporter) writes that the Vatican official who’s in charge of training new bishops

--“argued that bishops have no duty to report allegations to the police,” and

--“devoted just a few paragraphs” in a “long presentation” to “abuse prevention, using abstract language without concrete examples.”

Just troubling were the comments Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, who’s on the board of the Rome-based Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection. When asked “What should new bishops be told about sexual abuse?” Rossetti also made no mention of the need for church officials to call secular authorities.

In one sense, this isn’t surprising.  As has pointed out, “zero tolerance,” while often uttered by Catholic officials, isn’t even the official policy of the global church.

But it’s infuriating – and dangerous – that so many believe the myth that bishops are changing how they deal with abuse and that so little attention is paid when evidence to the contrary - like this disclosure by Allen – emerges.

(NOTE – the Vatican new bishops training was led by Paris-based Msgr. Tony Anatrella of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, who Allen acknowledges is “a psychotherapist controversial for his views on homosexuality and “gender theory.”)

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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 (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])


What new Catholic bishops are, and aren’t, being told on sex abuse

by John L. Allen Jr., Associate editor February 7, 2016

Given what a cancer the clerical sexual abuse scandals have been for the Catholic Church, one would imagine the Vatican would want new bishops to get a state-of-the-art presentation on best practices in terms of preventing such meltdowns in the future.

The Vatican has been running just such a training course since 2001 for newly appointed bishops around the world, and  . . . 

Read full article here

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  • Mike Skiendzielewski
    commented 2016-02-11 17:59:41 -0600
    Msgr. Tony Anatrella and Msgr. Stephen Rossetti are both trained PSYCHOLOGISTS and they are in agreement that the notification of public authorities is “not necessary” by RCC leadership when in receipt of allegations of clergy sexual abuse.

    One would hope that at least one of their professions, that of a professional psychologist or that of an ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Church, would compel either Anatrella or Rossetti, in the minimum, to RECOMMEND that bishops and cardinals notify the public officials after receiving allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy.

    With such a position made public by the Vatican, it is not surprising that more Catholic parents will think and study the issue whether or not it is wise, safe and in their child’s best interests to enroll them in a Catholic elementary school or Catholic high school here in the USA.

    Michael Skiendzielewski
    Captain (retired)
    Philadelphia Police Dept.
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