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Victims blast pope's 'tiny tweaking' of abuse rules


New York, July 11 - The leading US clerical abuse
protest group on Thursday dismissed Pope Francis's crackdown on
crimes against kids, saying it was a "tiny tweak" which would in
any case only apply within the small confines of the Vatican
In a statement, David Clohessy, Director of SNAP, the
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said:
"For the Vatican's image, this is a successful move. For
children's safety, this is another setback.
"It's a setback because it will help foster the false
impression of reform and will lead to more complacency.
"In the real world, this changes virtually nothing. It's
precisely the kind of 'feel good' gesture that Vatican officials
have long specialized in: tweaking often-ignored and ineffective
internal church abuse guidelines to generate positive headlines
but nothing more.
"While the headlines may proclaim "Pope makes new church
rules about abuse," the fine print makes it clear that there's
just one rule, and it purportedly makes more child sexual
violence illegal on the 0.2 square miles of Vatican property,"
Clohessy said.

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