Barbie Latza Nadeau
Over the past two years, the Pope has defrocked almost 400 priests for indisputable cases of child abuse across the church. However, members of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) want more done. This group believes the Catholic Church is using the firings as a way to prove that they are doing something to end abuse. These allegations come after the information that most of the priests accused of abuse were not fired, but merely moved to other churches where they committed similar crimes against more children.
SNAP president, David Clohessy, says the high number of priest defrocking is due to more victims finding the strength to come forward against their abusers. According to Clohessy, “Here’s the number Catholics should remember: zero. That’s how many Catholic supervisors have been punished, worldwide, for enabling and hiding horrific clergy sex crimes. The pope must start defrocking clerics who cover up sex crimes, not just clerics who commit them.” Clohessy claims that many victims do not come forward due in part to the “predator-friendly secular laws” that do not protect the victims seeking justice in court.
The Vatican claims that this information was meant to be private and was only released to the public after a report was leaked through the Associated Press. Initially, Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, denied the AP report, saying the data had been misread. He was later compelled to issue a statement that the number of defrocked priests appearing in the report was correct. To read more of this story, visit the full article here.