Victims blast papal nuncio’s abrupt departure

SNAP Australia

Holding signs and childhood photos at a footpath news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will;
– Demand answers as to why the papal nuncio to Australia has suddenly been reassigned to Israel with no replacement in over four months.
– Question whether or not it has to do with the current abuse inquiries, and
– Will urge anyone who may have seen or suspected clergy sex crimes in Canberra to come forward now to police and prosecutors

Friday, November 30 at 10:15 a.m.

Outside the Papal Nuncio’s consulate in Canberra, 2 Vancouver Street, Red Hill ACT 2603 (corner of Monaco Cres)

Three to four members of an international support group called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest) including an American woman who is the organisation’s president and founder.

A prominent Australian Archbishop has recently left Australia to take up the post of Papal Nuncio in Israel, and leaders of an international support group for victims of clergy abuse believe he left in an effort to avoid scandal.

Archbishop Giuseppe Lazarotto had, while he was stationed in Ireland in 2005, repeatedly refused to provide information to the Murphy Commission, a group that was created to investigate child sex crimes by clergy in Ireland. In the time since, Archbishop Lazarotto has since been accused of “doing everything in his power to protect suspected Irish clerics.” Since Lazarotto left Australia for Israel, no replacement has been named.

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