A support network for children who survived sexual abuse by Catholic priests have published a list of a ‘dirty dozen’ potential Papal candidates to avoid, in a bid to force the Church to address paedophilia in the clergy – but there are no Polish priests on the list.
The American-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests – SNAP – said now was the time for the Catholic Church to address the problem of child abuse, and to begin taking the problem seriously.
The Church is Poland has already said that it has a zero tolerance approach to paedophilia in the ranks, and reiterated the claim after a book called Be Afraid: Victims of Paedophilia by the Catholic Church Speak (Lekajcie sie. Ofiary pedofilii w polskim kosciele mowią), by Dutch journalist Ekke Overbeek, was published in Polish.
SNAP, however, said the Church was still not doing enough. Director David Clohessy said: “We want to urge Catholic prelates to stop pretending that the worst is over regarding the clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis.
“Tragically, the worst is almost certainly ahead. The truth of widespread, longstanding and deeply-rooted abuse and cover-ups is yet to surface in most nations.”
SNAP listed 12 priests, all of which are candidates for the Papal See, all of whom it said had ‘turned a blind eye’ to abuse.
They include Cardinal Peter Turkson (Ghana), Cardinal Dominik Duka (the Czech Republic), Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera (Mexico), Cardinal Tarsicio Bertone (Italy), Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga (Honduras), Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Cardinal Sean O’Malley (all USA), Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (Argentina), Cardinal Angelo Scola (Italy), Cardinal George Pell (Australia), and Cardinal Marc Ouellet (Canada).
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