SNAP, the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests, has created a list they call the “Dirty Dozen”. These are names of Cardinals who mishandled child sexual abuse cases. The list was composed using media reports, legal filings and victims’ statements.
The Cardinals have not responded to being placed on the list. SNAP also believes that some of the older Cardinals should recuse themselves from candidacy because of their complicity in protecting priests in their archdiocese who have been charged with sexual abuse.
When asked about it by CNN, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the Vatican, said: “We believe it is not up to SNAP to decide who comes to conclave and who is chosen … cardinals can decide themselves without asking SNAP for advice.”
As of noon yesterday, 113 of the 115 Cardinals eligible to participate in the Conclave had arrived at the Vatican. To be eligible, a Cardinal must be under the age of 80. There is no date as of yet for the Conclave to begin, but they believe it will be completed before Holy Week, the week of Easter.
SNAP believes it should and will have an influence as to the selection of the new Pope. The organization’s executive director, David Clohessy, said: “The single quickest and most effective step would be for the next pope to clearly discipline, demote, denounce and even defrock cardinals and bishops who are concealing child sex crimes. We think that’s the missing piece,”
The new pope should order each bishop around the world to hand over “every piece of paper he has on proven, admitted or credibly accused child-molesting clerics to law enforcement,” Clohessy said.
Barbara Dorris, victims’ outreach director for SNAP, said: “The short answer is we’ve tried silence, silence didn’t work, so we have to speak out. We have to do everything we can to get this information out there.”
SNAP believes that the majority of sex crimes are yet to surface all over the world. They believe the majority of the crimes are still deeply hidden in Catholic countries.
American Cardinals had scheduled a public news conference for Wednesday. It was abruptly cancelled.
Columnist-The Guardian Express