Introducing SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests



Elias Groll at Foreign Policy gets stuck straight in

The Vatican’s ongoing sexual abuse scandal and the Catholic Church’s often stumbling response is expected to play a major role in the coming papal conclave, and today the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) fired a major shot at the cardinals gathered in the Vatican. The group, which has played a major role in exposing abuse and advocating on behalf victims, released a list of 12 papal candidates that it is calling the “dirty dozen” for their alleged roles in sex crimes and cover-ups.

When our regular defenders in the comments insist most, if not all of the problems this blog has discussed are made up or grossly exaggerated, I wonder how they are going to be able to sweep this under the carpet?

SNAP argues that the 12  prelates represent the “worst choices in terms of protecting kids, healing victims, and exposing corruption.” Whether the list will have any lasting impact remains to be seen, but efforts by groups like SNAP are important in shaping public perception of the papal candidates and also affect internal jockeying in the lead-up to the conclave.

In the case of Scola, an Italian cardinal who has been called the “crown prince of Catholicism,”SNAP argues that he failed to take the sex abuse scandal seriously when, in 2010, during the scandal’s peak, he said that media attacks on Benedict were an “iniquitous humiliation.” A conservative close to both Benedict and John Paul II, Scola currently serves as the archbishop of Milan, which in the past has served as a stepping stone to the papacy. But at 71, he’s far from a model of youth and vigor.

If you red through the rap sheets of the Dirty Dozen, it makes for some grim reading.  The idea that the next Pope will simply continue that which has gone before appears highly likely.  SNAP agrees.

If these are the top candidates to succeed Benedict, it makes you wonder: Will the church ever find someone clean enough to take over?

Not in our life time, it seems.


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