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.
Pope Benedict once again failed to acknowledge the systemic failures that have led to cover-ups and official silence, and once again failed to hold accountable the bishops who allowed institutional secrecy to override pastoral needs. -- VOTF Website March 22, 2010.
The US Roman Catholic group, Voice of the Faithful -- which has made many Catholic voices heard in response to the US clergy sexual abuse revelations -- is not being reticent in calling for the voice of the papacy to finally acknowledge its own, and the worldwide Roman hierarchy's role in protecting priest abusers and not victims of clerical sex abuse.
On the VOTF's website today, the group says, "(A)gainst a backdrop of growing revelations in Germany, The Netherlands and other European countries -- not to mention the roster of clergy sex-abuse revelations across the globe and stretching decades into the past -- Pope Benedict once again failed to acknowledge the systemic failures that have led to cover-ups and official silence."
VOTF is the voice of the Roman Catholic faithful, and SNAP and others are voices for the victims and survivors of this horrendous and diabolical scandal. But where is the voice of the perpetrators of cover-up, subterfuge and diversion? Where is the voice of the papacy in all this -- the voice of genuine leadership that accepts responsibility rather than pointing fingers of blame at subordinates?
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Barbara Dorris is SNAP's National Outreach Director
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The most powerful religious figure on the planet speaks of "decisive action." But he refuses to take any.
In just one nation, tens of thousands of children have been sexually assaulted by trusted priests. Bishops concealed the crimes, sometimes for decades. But the Pope responds by promising to send a few of his staff there to visit some places and ask some questions.
While millions are in pain, the Pope can barely bring himself to admit that some bishops in one nation have made some unspecified "errors in judgment."
Here's the Vatican's essential message: Apparently not one wrongdoer will even get a papal 'slap on the hand.' Not one more predator will apparently be ousted. Not one more horrific secret cover up will apparently ever see the light of day. And not one victim will apparently see any tangible help whatsoever.
The bottom line: Across the globe, hundreds of thousands of girls and boys have been sexually violated by child molesting Catholic clergy. The man who could pay for therapy refuses.
Read the full press release statement on the SNAP National Website.
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NYTimes - March 19, 2010
David Clohessy is the national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Lord Acton’s observation that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” is the sad and simple lesson from the Catholic abuse and cover-up scandal now spreading across Europe.
Information about the crisis comes from three sources: church officials, researchers and experts, or from secular agencies with subpoena power (like grand juries in the U.S .and the government reports in Ireland). Only truly independent third party investigations are credible in these cases. And virtually every one of these investigations finds that church officials ignore or conceal horrific child sex crimes for one reason: because they can.
Law enforcement officials are at a disadvantage in holding corrupt bishops accountable. Why? Because the public generally defers to clerics. Read the full NYTimes article ...
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"Call To Action joins SNAP, the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests, in calling on European governments to initiate investigations into the allegations in order to uncover the abuse that has remained hushed for decades and may have been known by the highest level of officials in the Roman Catholic Church." -- From the Call to Action Website.
Read the full text: Call to Action Statement on European Catholic Church Sexual Abuse.
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