A little more than a week ago, the Pope of Rome met with victims of Catholic priest abuse. According to CNN You can watch the video here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/07/
“I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves”
He added “This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk,”
Victims are not impressed though. CNN also reported:
“Despite the strong words, a victims advocacy group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said Monday’ssession failed to advance the cause of preventing molestation by priests, arguing that “no child on earth is safer today because of this meeting.”
“Let’s not mistake this meeting today for real action,” SNAP President Barbara Blaine told CNN. “The meeting today will not make children safer.”
“I think that Pope Francis has yet to take strong action that will protect children and he could do that by firing the bishops who have been complicit and who are transferring predators,” she said.
I believe these victims, despite their abuse, remain Catholics in the main, though they have lost many illusions about this religious organization. I have had a little contact with Ms. Blaine and she and other Catholics are to be commended for trying to hold this organization accountable. I remember hearing a report of this meeting and a victims group questioning whether the words of the Pope were essentially just an exercise in public relations.
SNAP is having its 25th anniversary conference in Chicago at the start of August. I would like to go but I am not sure I will be able to make it. I am sure it would be very interesting but I am not sure if I can get away.