Vatican--Victims blast Vatican over papal panel's role

For immediate release, February 6, 2016

Statement by Barbara Blaine, President of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

"The Vatican says that as part of an advisory body, the (Pope's abuse) commission's members should not comment on individual cases of abuse and leave these up to investigators," Reuters reports.

That's baloney. It's perfectly appropriate for people like Pete Saunders and other members of the Vatican clergy sex abuse panel to address individual cases. If Obama appoints me for a commission to examine crime prevention, I should still "stop" if i see a purse-snatching or call 911 when i see a robbery.

It is irresponsible for church officials to stay silent when Francis promotes and defends compilcit clerics like Bishop Barros of Chile. There is no excuse for silence, we should always report, no matter what. 

(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,, Barbara Blaine (

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