Watch Papal candidates deeds, not words
Watch out for papal candidates to start posturing on abuse. On the eve of the last conclave, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger made one brief mention, in a highly publicized talk, of “filth” in the church.
To us, it smacked of posturing. Here’s a guy with more knowledge about clergy sex crimes and cover ups than any other Catholic official on the planet. Here’s a guy with more power over clergy sex crimes and cover ups than any other Catholic official on the planet save one – his boss, the pope.
But for decades, at best, he does little. And at worst, he’s part of the cover up.
But as a papal election looms, he purports to show – via one short, vague phrase – that he cares about the crisis.
Sure enough, Cardinal Ratzinger’s strategy worked. Within days, he became Pope Benedict.
That lesson cannot have been lost on other papal hopefuls. In the days ahead, we predict some of them will make similar public remarks to reassure their colleagues that they are media savvy enough to realize they must address – at least verbally – the church’s greatest crisis.
As always, we’d urge everyone to watch their deeds, not their words. Ask yourself “what has this prelate DONE – not said – about clergy sex crimes and cover ups?” That’s the only criteria that matters.
SNAP Conference Postponed to September
As cases of COVID-19 continue to dominate the headlines, affect the way we work and play, and force changes to our daily lives, we have decided to postpone the SNAP Annual Conference from July until September. We are now planning to hold the conference from September 25 - 27 and it will still be held in Denver, CO.
In order to help make this change easier, we will be charging only $99 for registration from now through June 30. Stay tuned for updates and register today on our conference page.SNAP Conference Postponed to September