The Latest on Fighting Priest Abuse: Join Us at Ms. Sept. 25

clergyabuseAfter Pope Francis made headlines last week for saying in an interview that the Catholic Church should not spend all its time speaking out on “moral” issues such as gay marriage, abortion and contraception, many cheered him for signalling a more liberal papacy. But the group SNAP—Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests—was not impressed.

Said SNAP director David Clohessy,

It’s good to make adults happier. But it’s better to make children safer. That should have been the pontiff’s top priority on day one. It should become his top priority now. He’s done nothing to protect children, expose predators and deter cover ups. Not as a priest, bishop, archbishop or cardinal. Not as the pope.

Want to know more about SNAP and the work they’re doing to expose and deter sex crimes and their cover-ups? Then come meet SNAP’s founder and president, Barbara Blaine, this Wednesday night, September 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the offices of Ms. magazine and the Feminist Majority Foundation.

She’ll give updates on the latest revelations about New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s involvement in scheming with the Vatican to keep tens of millions of dollars from victims of Church pedophiles—all while paying off the pedophile priests themselves. She’ll also talk about the increasing legal attacks on SNAP by Church defenders to discredit and defund the organization.

Wine and appetizers will be served at the reception, held at 433 South Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills. Parking is available in front of and behind the building.

Please call 310-556-2500 for reservations.

Image from Flickr user irina slutzky under license from Creative Commons 2.0



  1. Melissa McGlensey says:

    I’ll be there!

  2. I wish I could be there. Unfortunately, I’m on the East coast, and for me, any in-person meetings are impossible, as I’m the primary caregiver for a disabled child. Thank goodness for my subscription to Ms. Magazine and for this blog, as they’re my Feminist lifelines. Keep up your excellent work, and I will be there in spirit, if not in person.

  3. This article grossly misrepresents what Pope Francis said. The Pope wasn’t discrediting the churches involvement on moral issues. What he said was that the catholic church has become obsessed with a handful of issues and that we do not have the right to judge others in Gods place. Francis strives to rebuild a foundation of peace and forgiveness. He’s been in the chair for less than a year and is turning the passed 50 years on their head. Meanwhile he’s dis-empowering and removing priests who were involved in abuse scandals. John Meyer was replaced the day this article was written. Maybe if you’re looking to see individuals excommunicated for their involvement in the cover ups Francis’ solutions are unfulfilling, and I could completely understand that, but if you’re trying to suggest that the current Pope is as inactive as his predecessor you would be *dead*wrong*. We should always strive for better policies and stronger protections, but to completely ignore the work that has been done is a disservice. To say that Francis has done *nothing* is a bitter generalization.

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