Vatican--Papal spokesman denounces wrong clerics

For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566

The top papal spokesman is “denouncing” Vatican leaks (according to the Associated Press).


Why is it that Catholic officials so often denounce clerics who embarrass them but so rarely denounce clerics who commit child sex crimes and virtually never denounce clerics who conceal child sex crimes?

Two weeks have passed since Pope Francis left the US making strong promises, including that “abuse cannot be kept secret any longer,” “all responsible will be held accountable," and that church officials will provide "careful oversight to ensure that youth are protected.”

Can anyone point to a single sign that a single bishop - - heard and now heeds the Pope’s pledges?

We can’t.

And did Francis – or any church official, from Cardinal to custodian – denounce by name a single church official for endangering kids or protecting predators, when Global Post disclosed five priests who abused in developed nations but now live and work in developing nations?


The investigation has been public for a month now. No one in the Vatican is denouncing anyone or anything about it. They’re just ignoring it (like they did a similar investigation three years ago by the Chicago Tribune).

When will Catholic officials show the kind of outrage over sexual violence and cover up as they do other offenses?

(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,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,

Vatican seeks to quell talk of letter to pope on family

Updated October 13, 2015 9:28 AM - By The Associated Press   By NICOLE WINFIELD (Associated Press)

VATICAN CITY - (AP) -- The Vatican spokesman on Tuesday denounced the leak of a private letter to Pope Francis by conservative cardinals complaining about the way his big family meeting is being run. But he reminded those responsible that the meeting procedures are set and that they're duty-bound to stick with them.

Spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi sought to end discussion about the latest controversy to roil Francis' synod on the family after an Italian journalist published the letter Monday and named 13 cardinals who purportedly signed it.

Four of those said they never signed it. But the Vatican's  . . . 

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