A message from SNAPDFW’s facilitator, Lisa Kendzior
Acknowledge your courage
It takes courage to acknowledge that we’ve been abused and it is not easy to even admit it to ourselves. Just browsing this website is a big step.
Know that you are not alone!
If you’ve been victimized by clergy, please know that you are not alone. You can get better. You can reach out to others who’ve been hurt just like you have.
Together, we can heal one another.
After nearly 30 years of fighting for the names to be released, advocates finally convinced Ramsey County Judge John Van De North to order the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to reveal the name of the alleged abusers, according to WCCO.
"The era of secrecy around the identities of those offenders is now drawing to and nearing an end. Survivors who suffered alone in silence, thinking they are the only ones abused now know they may not be alone" -- Survivor's advocate, attorney Jeff Anderson
Yesterday the diocese released 30 of the names of the priests accused, including details of their service in various locations.
Here they are. A grateful nod to the Minnesota survivors:
Read: "List of priests with credible claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor" in the 5 Dec issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune …
Read the Reuters report "Minnesota Archdiocese Reveals Names Of 30 Priests Accused Of Abusing Minors" in the 5 Dec issue of the Huffington Post …
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/0 ... 93192.html
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At the same time the 10 square block "nation" ceremoniously announced a new internal Vatican panel to investigate sexual abuse by its priests -- the findings of which it also intends to keep secret unless results benefit its public relations efforts, which is virtually impossible.
Read: ABC and Reuters report Vatican refuses to share sex abuse allegations with UN panel, here:
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filip ... s-un-panel
Read: List of questions from UN Committee on the Rights of the Child here.
http://ccrjustice.org/files/Holy%20See_ ... es_CRC.pdf
Read: Vatican’s response:
http://ccrjustice.org/files/Holy%20See_ ... es_CRC.pdf
Read: SNAP-CCR report here:
http://www.ccrjustice.org/files/SNAP%20 ... %20CRC.pdf
Read: "Survivors group claim Pope's child sex committee 'toothless'" in 5 Dec issue of eNCA …
http://www.enca.com/world/survivors-gro ... -toothless
Read: "Vatican says not legally competent over abuses" in 5 Dec issue of NewStraitsTimes …
http://www.nst.com.my/latest/vatican-sa ... s-1.421985
Read: "Vatican- Pope disappoints victims and Catholics with new panel" on 5 Dec SNAP National posting …
http://www.snapnetwork.org/vatican_pope ... _new_panel
Read: "More Vatican talk on abuse; SNAP responds" on the 5 Dec posting on Snap National website …
http://www.snapnetwork.org/more_vatican ... p_responds
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"In its vague and delayed response to the committee, the Vatican has once again refused to accept responsibility for the policies and practices that allow, even facilitate and encourage, the proliferation of rape and sexual violence against children in the Catholic Church. "
"The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child put a wide-ranging questionnaire to the Holy See - the city state's diplomatic entity - last July, asking for detailed information about the particulars of all sexual abuse cases notified to the Vatican since 1995.
The questions included whether priests, nuns and monks guilty of sexual crime were allowed to remain in contact with children, what legal action had been taken against them, whether the Church required clergy to report abuse to secular authorities and whether complainants were silenced.
In its response, the Holy See insisted that it was "separate and distinct" from the Roman Catholic Church, and that it was not its practice to disclose information about the religious discipline of clergy unless specifically requested to by the authorities in the country where they were serving." --- BBC News
Read: "Vatican Snubs U..N. Probe On Sex Abuse Cases" in the 4 Dec issue of Time Magazine… http://world.time.com/2013/12/04/vatica ... use-cases/
Read: "Vatican rebuffs United Nations sex abuse inquiries" in BBC News …
Read: "Vatican refuses to give UN panel full details of clerical sex abuse cases" in the 4 Dec issue of The Guardian …
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/d ... buse-cases
Read full set of references and links: Read More...
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Society in general, and state laws in particular, have long understood that it is a serious violation and always hurtful when a doctor has intimacies or sexual relations of any kind with a patient, or a psychologist sexually abuses a client. Gradually, more people are finally understanding that the same holds true of a cleric and his or her congregant.
'St. Paul priest's criminal-sex conviction upheld in high court' in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press ...
'Catholic priest loses at MN Supreme Court; SNAP responds' on the SNAP national website...
'Resources for Survivors of Abuse Who Were Victimized as Adults' on the SNAPDFW website...
'Psychological Effects of Abuse - Why It Is Not an Affair' on the SNAP national website ...
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"The dichotomy between the Church’s stated goals and values and its operational methods and practices produces and encourages clerical hypocrisy.
Sociopaths (psychopaths) are not men who fail to know right from wrong; they are men who know what is right, but don’t care (Cima, Tonnaer & Hauser, 2010).
The advertised altruistic agenda of clerical life makes it an exquisite cover for sociopaths and men vulnerable to narcissism.
Work with clerical abusers reveals a profusion of “altruism in the service of narcissism.” Every clinician who has treated large numbers of priest abusers gives witness to the conclusion that narcissism is a significant personality component of priest predators.
More broadly, clerical culture produces in many men an acquired situational narcissism, characterized by a sense of entitlement, superiority, lack of empathy, impaired moral judgment and self-centeredness. Identification with and incorporation into a powerful and godly institution can confer a sense of grandiosity and moral justification for one’s personal behavior. These qualities favor a man’s promotion within the clerical system."
From: Mother Church and the Rape of Her Children
"The clerical culture favors sociopaths."
From: Catholic Seminaries: The Inside Story
"Roman Catholic Clerical Culture by the operation of its structure and authority absolves a bishop or priest from guilt and personal responsibility—avoidance of scandal and the preservation of image, not truth are preeminent. This is one manifestation of clergy psychosexual immaturity.
Also the clerical culture fosters a sense of superiority and entitlement. This is based on the idea and teaching that an ordained priest is ontologically transformed to a higher level of existence than the ordinary human ... He is next to God and "above the angels." ...These cultural elements are also generally conducive to the development of sociopathic personalities."
Celibacy -- Sex and Research
A.W. RICHARD SIPE is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor who earlier spent 18 years as a Benedictine monk and priest. He was trained specifically to deal with the mental health problems of Roman Catholic Priests. In the process of training and therapy, he conducted a 25-year ethnographic study of the celibate/sexual behavior of that population. His study, published in 1990, is now considered a classic. Sipe is known internationally and has participated in 12 documentaries on celibacy and priest sexual abuse aired by HBO, BBC, and other networks in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. He has been widely interviewed by media including CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Newsweek and USA Today. Sipe lives with his wife in La Jolla, CA.
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by Thomas P. Doyle
Revised: July 15, 2013
This list of foundational books consists of those books which, in my own opinion are most helpful in understanding the basic issue of Clergy Abuse from the standpoint of the institutional Church’s responsibility for sexually abusive clerics and their response to the victims. They are listed in alphabetical order.
CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE - Abbreviated bibliography of selected sources related to clergy sexual abuse, ecclesiastical politics, theology and church history
by Thomas P. Doyle
Revised: July 15, 2013
A fuller collection (68 pages) of references to books, articles, films, official church documents, dissertations and other works related to sexual abuse by clergy.
From Thomas Doyle's letter, written on the release of the updated bibliographies
I am sending out the up-dated general bibliography as well as another very short list that I have labelled "Foundational Books." I am frequently asked to suggest books to read that will provide an overall picture of the Catholic sex abuse nightmare. I am also asked for suggestions for books in various specialized areas such as legal, canon law, etc. That task is much easier.
I have read every book and article in the first two sections, "Sexual Abuse by Clergy" with the exception of those written in Dutch and German. I'm working up to that! I went back through the books that I have decided to put on the short list and offer my own opinion that these provide a clear picture of the nature and scope of the problem, its insidious nature and the toxic role played by the hierarchy and more broadly, the clerical culture.
Last September I read IN GOD'S HOUSE in two sittings. I can't recommend it strongly enough as a way to get inside the complex nature of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Its a novel, but its true. If you haven't read it, do so….but be prepared for an all-nighter if you start after dinner.
Recently I pulled Jason Berry's ultra-classic, LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION (1992) off the shelf and read it, probably for the fourth time. It gripped me as much now as it did when I first read it. I'd highly recommend those who have not read it to do so. I really don't think one can have a good understanding of this incredible toxic phenomenon without reading Jason's classic.
Mike D'Antonio's MORTAL SINS is the best all-around, comprehensive book on the issue there is. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I read Nick Cafardi's review wherein he said the only flaw was that Mike didn't tell all the good things the bishops have done over the recent years. Anything "good" the bishops have done was forced on them but whatever these good things are they are far, far overshadowed by the continued evil they perpetrate against victims in the courts, in the legislatures and in the media predominantly through their unofficial mouthpiece, Donohue.
My recommendations this month: Littleton & Maher, CONTEMPORARY CATHOLICISM IN IRELAND. The Catholic Church in Ireland has experienced a phenomenal plunge in participation, influence and respect over the past two decades. This scholarly book takes a deep look at the complex changes and provides some very credible reasons. If you plan on reading it, read Tom Inglis' remarkable work MORAL MONOPOLY first to provide context.
John Noonan: A CHURCH THAT CAN AND CANNOT CHANGE. Does anyone remember Noonan's classic from 1972, POWER TO DISSOLVE? Its an in-depth sort of history of the Roman Rota and the Church's practice of annulling marriages. I read it when it first came out and it was highly influential in steering me one day into canon law. Noonan is a retired judge (at least I think he's retired), an active scholar and a recognized expert in medieval law. His latest book is a fascinating study of some of the more profound moral issues and how the Church has changed its tune. Practically the first half is taken up with slavery and needless to say Holy Mother Church comes out smelling like a cesspool. This book is terrific because it blows countless holes in the pompous assertions that the church c an't possibly change its stance on certain issues, e.g., birth control, celibacy, women and the priesthood.
Finally, Bishop Geoff Robinson has written what I consider to be the clearest, most accurate and most compelling analysis of how and why the Catholic Church has responded so abysmally to the clergy sex abuse issue. FOR CHRIST'S SAKE is essential not only because Geoff has a brilliant analytical mind but even more important, he's been in the trenches of life with victims, their families, the clergy and the backward hierarchy. Geoff had the remarkable courage to publicly criticize the non-leadership of John Paul II. For telling the truth to narcissistic power he paid the expected price but it didn't shut him down. This book is short, clear, concise and to the point. There is not a wasted word to be found. It's a must for anyone who is involved in clergy abuse in any way Catholic church renewal, or just sitting in the pew. It is also a blessed source of relief for Catholics who are struggling on their spiritual journey with fears of an angry, vindictive god and a church that is dominated by negativity, threats and fear. I have given this book and Geoff's other classic CONFRONTING POWER AND SEX IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH to a number of people who have been struggling and all said it was the most helpful source of peace they have found.
Michael Morwood has another potential classic out: ITS TIME: CHALLENGES TO THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH. I say "potential" only because I have not finished it yet but from what little I have read its another winner following on his other two :FROM SAND TO SOLID GROUND and TOMORROW'S CATHOLIC.
Its sweltering in Vienna (July - where I live) these days. My hope and prayer for all is a cool, restful and serene summer
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It is no small item, therefore, when a nuncio is fired by the Vatican while being investigated for child sexual abuse, and when that firing is done in a secretive and clandestine manner.
Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia item describing a 'papal nuncio'.
"A Papal Nuncio (officially known as an Apostolic Nuncio) is a permanent diplomatic representative (head of diplomatic mission) of the Holy See to a state or international organization (e.g., the Arab League), having the rank of an ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, usually with the ecclesiastical rank of titular archbishop. Under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a papal nuncio is an ambassador like those from any other country. However, the Vienna Convention allows the receiving state to grant seniority of precedence to the papal nuncio over others of ambassadorial rank accredited to the same country, and may grant the deanship of that country's diplomatic corps to the nuncio regardless of seniority.
In addition, the Nuncio serves as the liaison between the Holy See and the Roman Catholic diocesan episcopate in the nation or region to which he is assigned. The national or regional episcopate is usually supervised by a national conference of bishops, whose presiding officer is often the highest ranking bishop or archbishop of that nation, or is elected from the diocesean ordinaries of the nation or region."
Read the full item in Wikipedia
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Childhood sexual abuse has no sense of economic status, ethnicity, gender or celebrity. One in four girls and one in six boys are victims of child sexual abuse.
WASHINGTON, August 9, 2013 — Michael Reagan is the adopted son of former president Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman. He is also a survivor of child abuse and child pornography.
Read 'Michael Reagan speaks out on child abuse' on the Washington Times Communities website
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"Files released last Monday by the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee revealed that in 2007 Cardinal Timothy Dolan requested permission from the Vatican to move almost $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to protect the assets from victims of sexual abuse who were demanding compensation.
As (a NY Times) editorial put it “Cardinal Dolan wrote rather cynically in his 2007 letter to the Vatican . . . ‘I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability’.” The Vatican approved his request within five weeks." -- Irish Times
A New York Times editorial has described as “shocking” revelations that the Cardinal Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery trust fund six years ago to prevent the money being paid to victims of clerical child sex abuse.
Dolan is also president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The editorial said “newly released court documents make it clear that he sought and received fast approval from the Vatican to transfer the money just as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was about to open the door to damage suits by victims raped and abused as children by Roman Catholic clergy.”
It noted also that “the documents showed how the Vatican slowly took years to allow dioceses to defrock embarrassing priests. Yet the same bureaucracy approved Cardinal Dolan’s $57 million transfer just days after the Wisconsin court allowed victims’ damage suits.” -- Irish Times
"Tragic as the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church has been, it is shocking to discover that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery trust fund six years ago in order to protect the money from damage suits by victims of abuse by priests." -- NY Times
Read Irish Times story: Cardinal Dolan 'hid' $57m from sex abuse victims
Read NY Times editorial: Cardinal Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal
Read NY Times story: Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show
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The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 66-0. A similar bill overwhelmingly passed the House last week. Katharine Tinucci, a spokeswoman for Gov. Mark Dayton, said in an email that she expects the governor will sign it.
Past victims of child sexual abuse said the vote was a relief after years of similar yet unsuccessful efforts to achieve it.
Read more about this monumental achievement in survivors' rights and Justice:
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"Many bishops in Latin America have covered up and have denied having abuse in their countries. ... a secret kept by the Catholic hierarchy and that is repeated in many countries in Latin America. ...
"In Chile there are 32 bishops and at least half of them have covered up abuse. ... They are still not taking it seriously.
"It is very difficult in Latin America because of the culture of reverence to the Catholic Church and the power that it has in the region ... it is very difficult to bring something up and not have it crushed by judges that are easily dominated by these groups.
"There are reports of abuse in several Latin American countries but the power and control that the Church exercises there is so much that they are constantly crushed and denied.
"We need a Pope that deals with the powerful and secretive bishops like the ones in Latin America and has the courage to confront them and let so many good priests take the reins of a ship that is sinking in the region."
Read the entire post on the SNAP Network website ...
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13 March 2013
"It is always hopeful when someone new takes office. We often assume that the new person will be better than the last person, especially in a scandal ridden institution.
But that assumption is reckless. There’s no guarantee that a new person means a new direction.
Our hope is that the new Pope is that he will be bold and courageous in tackling the centuries-old and ongoing abuse and cover up crisis in the church. It’s long-standing, deeply-entrenched and tragically pervasive. Real reform may well take decades.
To help the institution he loves, Pope Benedict resigned. We hope that this pope will take similarly radical steps to protect children.
Actions, not words protect kids. While long on words, apologies and promises, Benedict was short on decisive action. We hope his successor will be different. We strongly urge him to start by harshly disciplining prelates who are enabling or have enabled child molesting clerics, be they priests, nuns, seminarians, bishops or cardinals.
And we urge Catholics to judge him on the concrete steps he may take to stop the abuse and cover-up, not on the vague pledges he may make about the crisis.
We in SNAP will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard children, expose wrongdoing and heal victims. We will keep working to hold those who commit and conceal heinous crimes against children responsible, and see that they are prosecuted and convicted and kept away from kids. We will vigorously push to reform predator friendly abuse laws, so that more wounded victims can warn families and protect kids through the justice system. We beg compassionate and concerned Catholics to join us in this struggle.
No one man caused this crisis; no one man can remedy it either. Every single person who sees, suspects or suffers child sex crimes in the church must report, and preferably to secular authorities, not church figures. Complacency protects no one. Only vigilance protects the vulnerable."
Read the post on the SNAPNetwork website ...
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BishopAccountability.org provides a valuable service by providing facts about clergy sex abuse. They do this without being partisan and without skewing information. They are archivists of information, not any sort of propaganda organization. It is one thing for Vatican officials to turn a blind eye to these facts, as they have done for years, but it is quite another to attempt to prevent others from seeing them as well, particularly by lying about its content.
The very name of this organization (BISHOPS ACCOUNTABILITY) shows exactly what church officials are afraid of; being held accountable for their decades of inaction on clergy sex abuse. Today, they finally took action, but once again, it was the wrong one. By refusing to allow themselves to be held accountable, they prove ever more how it is true that it is people, not polices that are the problem.
This is a cowardly move, and it should be known as such. We applaud BishopAccountability.org in their work, and the fact that they are trying to be silenced today proves just how much of an impact they have made, and despite this setback, will continue to make.
(Note: The report says It is still possible to access the website from non-Vatican controlled servers. Only Vatican servers are blocking the site).
Read 'Access to clergy sex abuse site limited at Vatican' in the National Catholic Reporter ...
Read 'ITALY - Victims praise abuse archive; question Vatican censorship' on the SNAP national website
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O'Brien previously denied the allegations through his spokesman. On Saturday, he released a statement acknowledging the abuse and asking forgiveness.
As a Roman Catholic cardinal, appointed by Benedict XVI, O'Brien was entitled to take part in the secret vote to determine the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church
However, he recused himself from the conclave following news reports of allegations of abusive and unwanted sexual contact with three priests and one former priest. The incidents are reported to have occurred over the past 30 years.
Read the full account in 'Scottish cardinal admits improper sexual conduct' on the National Catholic Reporter website ...
Read 'Don't call it an affair. Call it what it is - the illegal and dehumanizing abuse of professional religious power ' here on the SNAPDFW website ...
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Like all UN member states signing the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Vatican is required by international law to submit regular reports on its efforts to safeguard child rights, well-being and dignity.
But the Vatican has ignored these repeated UN requests to file their report for over 15 years.
The UN committee has summoned the Vatican to answer questions about its record of ensuring children are protected from sexual violence. This is the first time the Holy See will have been called to account for its actions on these issues before an international body with authority. The first meeting will take place in Geneva in June.
SNAP FILES ALTERNATE REPORT
On 28 February 2013 the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an alternate report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child documenting the ongoing worldwide sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
“When the Committee on the Rights of the Child meets in June and demands answers from the Vatican on its handling of the epidemic of sexual violence in the church, it will be a historic day for survivors. The church has put itself and its reputation above the welfare of children at every step, in many cases knowingly moving a pedophile priest from one congregation to the next to keep things quiet, allowing the priest to continue to operate and have contact with children. This UN body has authority to determine whether the Holy See has violated the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It’s a long overdue calling to account.” -- Pam Spees, Senior Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
According to the UNICEF website Unite for Children, filing the report is a legally binding, international responsibility:
""The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognized that children have human rights too." Unite for Children, UNICEF
- NSAC Editorial: Yet Another Deadline Passes, Still No Report
- Vatican 13 years delinquent in submitting legally required UN report on 'Rights of the Child'
- SNAP petitions international court to investigate the pope and top Vatican officials for possible crimes against humanity
- Amnesty International human rights report lists Vatican for failure to protect children
- Vatican 2010 priorities: protect assets; ignore 'Rights of the Child'
- Moral bankruptcy of Roman hierarchy read into record of United Nations Human Rights Council
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So writes one of only two (the other being Benedict XVI) still living Vatican II Roman Catholic theologians, Hans Küng.
Writing in the New York Times this week, Küng speculates on the future of the Roman church. He also reflects on the broken papacy of his one time colleague, Joseph Ratzinger:
"The major scandals during his papacy are known: there was Benedict’s recognition of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s arch-conservative Society of St. Pius X, which is bitterly opposed to the Second Vatican Council, as well as of a Holocaust denier, Bishop Richard Williamson.
There was the widespread sexual abuse of children and youths by clergymen, which the pope was largely responsible for covering up when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. And there was the “Vatileaks” affair, which revealed a horrendous amount of intrigue, power struggles, corruption and sexual lapses in the Curia, and which seems to be a main reason Benedict has decided to resign."
If the next conclave were to elect a pope who goes down the same old road, the church will never experience a new spring, but fall into a new ice age and run the danger of shrinking into an increasingly irrelevant sect.-- Vatican II theologian Hans Küng in the New York Times
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When persons in positions of power — counselors, pastors, physicians — attempt to engage in sexual relationships with those over whom they have authority, the relationship is not consensual ... the act is legally defined as abuse because of the authority the professional holds.
-- Diana Garland, Dean of Baylor University School of Social Work
SNAPDFW not only supports and advocates for survivors of clergy abuse occurring in childhood, but for adults abused by clergy as well.
In an article published in the Waco, Texas Tribune on January 24, 2010, guest columnist Diana Garland, Dean of Baylor University School of Social Work, addresses the highly misunderstood issue of abuse perpetrated upon adults who trust in the care of their clergy.
"Clergy sexual misconduct with adults is a more nuanced issue than the sexual abuse of children. Sexual involvement of an adult with a child is always wrong because we know that children are not developmentally able to give consent. Because adults always have authority over children, children cannot “just say no” to adults.
When the sexual offense occurs between adults, however, we assume that if there is no physical coercion, the relationship is consensual. In fact, however, when persons in positions of power — counselors, pastors, physicians — attempt to engage in sexual relationships with those over whom they have authority, the relationship is not consensual. The feelings or willingness of the victim are irrelevant; the act is legally defined as abuse because of the authority the professional holds."
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According to a report by an independent council of Zen teachers assembled to hear the stories of those affected, these sexual encounters were often initiated "in the formal setting, privacy, and 'face-to-face' encounters of the sanzen room."
I have decided to come forward now because to allow this kind of abuse to go unacknowledged, when so many of us know it has been happening is, in my opinion, inexcusable. I will not be silent any more. -- Eshu Martin, former Zen Student of Sasaki
Sanzen is a ritualized private meeting between a Zen student and Zen teacher. Their report also stated that there were reports of coercion and that Sasaki would at times frame the sexual contact as being a form of Zen teaching, or otherwise beneficial to the student.
SNAP PROVIDES INDEPENDENT SUPPORT CONTACT FOR SURVIVORS OF ZEN ABUSE
Barbara Dorris of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) has graciously offered to serve as an independent contact person for women who experienced the behavior of Joshu Sasaki currently under discussion.
An item on the Sweeping Zen website says, "Barbara (Dorris of SNAP) has been dealing with people who have been involved with clergy for many many years and is completely trustworthy. She also is not a Buddhist cleric or affiliated with any Buddhist institution that might have vested interest in whatever reports might be received."
Barbara can be reached at: (314) 862-7688.
Read the Sweeping Zen Article 'Everybody Knows' by former Sasaki student Eshu Martin
Read the report by independent council of Zen Teachers
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"For the Church to truly embody the spiritual teachings of Jesus Christ, it must be led by a pontiff who demands transparency, exposes child-molesting clerics, punishes wrongdoers and enablers, cooperates with law enforcement, and makes true amends to those who were hurt so greatly by Catholic priests, employees and volunteers." -- Barbara Blaine, president of SNAP
Blaine said that the era of secrecy and coverups must end, and that victims of sexual abuse want to ensure that other children never experience what they did.
SNAP, which has more than 12,000 members, is the largest support group for clergy abuse victims. Victims include those who were molested by religious leaders in all denominations, including priests, nuns, rabbis and Protestant ministers.
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The Archdiocese under Mahoney did not inform relatives of the deceased that it had taken the money, which amounted to 88% of the fund. Families of those buried in church-owned cemeteries and interred in its mausoleums have contributed to a dedicated account for the perpetual care of graves, crypts and grounds since the 1890s.
Mahony and other church officials also did not mention the cemetery fund in numerous public statements about how the archdiocese planned to cover the $660-million abuse settlement. In detailed presentations to parish groups, the cardinal and his aides said they had cashed in substantial investments to pay the settlement, but they did not disclose that the main asset liquidated was cemetery money.
Read the full story in the LA Times
Read 'Cardinal Mahoney Used Cemetery Money to Pay Sex Abuse Settlement' on the Jeffery Anderson, PA website
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