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  • SNAPJudy

    Optimistic..? Sadly, None of the popes, including Francis. have taken any decisive action to hold bishops accountable for enabling and covering up sex crimes against kids.

    Tragically the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called “zero tolerance” policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don’t have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops/cardinals to change their ways of protecting their image and the institution rather than protecting innocent kids. The Chicago Archdiocese is not unique in how they handle child sex abuse. It is a systemic corrupt system within the entire church hierarchy.

    And It is becoming more clear that Pope Francis can not be counted on to remove and fire corrupt church officials, and really work to protect kids today.
    This past week during the UN interrogations in Geneva, the Vatican officials claimed they are powerless over child predator priests. So if they are so powerless, why on the very next day did they admit to defrocking 400 priests for child sex abuse in a two year period?
    BTW.. Punishment for being defrocked is essentially "losing his job, no jail terms and nothing to prevent an offender from raping again". The Vatican is NOT powerless over the priests, bishops or cardinals. Pope Francis could take decisive actions immediately to protect children today.

    –When is he going to fire bishops and cardinals who cover up sex crimes against kids?
    –When is he going to order bishops to stop lobbying against removing the statute of limitations for child sex crimes, both civil and criminal?
    –When is he going to defrock KC Bishop Finn, who is a convicted criminal still running that diocese?
    –When is he going demand that every single diocese in the world turn over all of their secret archive documents to local law enforcement?

    Until high ranking church officials are held accountable by outside law enforcement for their crimes against humanity, nothing will change and children are still not safe within this archaic secret institution.
    Children are safest when child predators and those who enable and conceal their crimes are held responsible.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511,,
    SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

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