Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Sex abuse survivors name three 'promising' papal contenders

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Rome, March 7 - A group representing American
survivors of sexual abuse by priests on Thursday named three
cardinals they said were 'promising' candidates for pope because
of their record on child sex-abuse claims.
The three lauded by the Survivors Network of Those Abused
by Priests (SNAP) were Cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle of the
Philippines and Christoph Schoenborn of Austria, and Archbishop
of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.
Martin is a longshot candidate since he is not a cardinal,
while the other two have been named as 'papabili', or papal
contenders.
SNAP said Cardinal Tagle is one of very few prelates who
have spoken clearly about the "culture of shame" that surrounds
victims of sex abuse and has been helpful in defrocking at least
one convicted priest.
At a Vatican abuse symposium in 2012, Tagle mentioned
coverups and argued that the church should stop "waiting for a
bomb" and instead prevent the scandal from happening, rather
than try to "prevent it from exploding".
The group applauded Cardinal Schoenborn for "famously and
publicly criticizing" Cardinal Angelo Sodano, now dean of the
College of Cardinals, for allegedly obstructing the
investigation of Schoenborn's predecessor, Cardinal Herman
Groer, who was accused of abusing children.
Schoenborn was later disciplined by Pope Benedict XVI for
his remarks.
SNAP lauded Martin, the primate of Ireland, for
acknowledging that there were likely thousands of abuse victims
throughout Ireland, and that clergy abuse epidemic "will shock
us all".
"There's a real danger today of people saying the child
abuse scandal is over... It isn't over," Martin told the Irish
press in 2012 as the scope of priest sex abuse in the country
continued to unfold.
Martin, SNAP underlines, "also went against the norm when
he willingly turned over documents to secular officials relating
to abusive priests".
The list of papal preferences was presented at a hotel in
Rome where clergy sex-abuse victims held signs and childhood
photos and urged Catholic officials to provide training in
dioceses for clergy and parishioners on abuse prevention.
David Clohessy, director of SNAP, said the group was not
officially "endorsing" any of them.
"While SNAP has serious doubts about the role nearly every
top Catholic official has played in the Church's continuing
abuse and coverup crisis, the group is highlighting three
potential 'papabili', calling them 'promising'".
On Wednesday the group named a 'Dirty Dozen' of cardinals
they said should not be candidates for pope.
Those cardinals, who will attend an upcoming conclave, are:
Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico; Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of
Honduras; Timothy Michael Dolan of New York; Angelo Scola and
Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, both from
Italy; Australia's George Pell; Dominik Duka of the Czech
Republic; Donald Wuerl of Washington DC; Marc Ouellet from
Quebec; Sean O'Malley from Boston; Argentina's Leonardo Sandri;
and Peter Turkson from Ghana.
The Vatican replied that it would not be swayed by the
list.

(photo: Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin)

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