Clergy Sex Group Blasts 'Near-Certain' Upcoming Meeting by Pope W/ Victims

By Barbara Dorris
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
September 1, 2010

Statement by Barbara Dorris, outreach director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Of course the Pope will meet privately with a handful of carefully-chosen abuse victims behind closed doors in England. It's a perfect, virtually risk-free public relations strategy that has repeatedly worked for him. Such meetings change nothing and protect no one, but lead some to naively assume the Vatican is somehow "reforming" its approach to clergy sex crimes and cover ups. That's a sad and silly and reckless assumption.

As long as we pretend such meaningless and minor gestures are somehow significant, predators win and kids lose. We must instead ignore symbolic moves and insist on real reform. That's the only way children will be safer and victims will be healed.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 22 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is


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