SNAP President: New Vatican Guidelines Not Likely To Stop Priest Sex Abuse

CHICAGO (CBS) — The worldwide priest sex abuse scandal is the focus of a gathering of hundreds of Catholic bishops and priests in Rome this week.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, more proposed guidelines to deal with priest predators, and to protect children, are to be submitted to Pope Benedict XVI in May. This week in Rome, those who will write those guidelines are hearing from experts and victims.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

But Barbara Blaine, the Chicago-based president of the Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests, is skeptical that there will be any real change. She calls this week’s symposium at the Vatican a PR maneuver.

“Unless and until they are willing to take concrete action that changes the way they do things, I suspect that children will continue to be raped and sexually violated by priests, and bishops will continue to cover up these crimes,” she said.

Blaine points out that a zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse by priests has already been adopted by bishops in the United States, and it has been far from a success.

“When those bishops fail to follow the policy, there are absolutely no negative consequences for them,” she said.

This week’s gathering began with a high-level cardinal praising Pope Benedict for strengthening systems for dealing with priest predators.

But Blaine has some of her own ideas for how such systems can be strengthened. She says the Roman Catholic Church needs to remove all predators who have abused children, turn them over to police, and name names so parents are armed with information to protect their children.

  • Just Axin

    The folks at SNAP are heroes. Keep up the good work against those unethical a-holes. What a racket the church is.

    • Jeannie Guzman

      If it were not for the dedicated people at,and first courageous Survivors, who came forward, the lid would never have been blown off of the Priest Pedophilia Scandal. SNAP has made a difference ALL OVER the WORLD! Finally, Survivors are getting their days in court! Thank you, SNAP!

  • the rapture

    the church is good at hiding secrets – that is why they are the church and you are not

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  • Jeannie Guzman

    Not only is the symposium unlikely to stop abuse, it is also unlikely that bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals will follow the Vatican Guidelines. Here’s an excellent example: This news out of the Vatican is a real joke! Just when the Vatican is putting on an international “Dog and Pony Show,” concerning how well She has learned how to deal with Survivors, the Archbishop of Milwaukee pulls a cute, little stunt. He asked ALL victims of Priest Pedophilia in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to come forward, because the Church was applying for bankruptcy. Over 500 came forward. Now, he and his attorneys are trying to get 95% of the cases thrown out of court! The Vatican’s international symposium “Towards Healing and Renewal” is all over the news, at least in every Western Country. How gullible does the Church think the public really is (q mark broken). If the Vatican doesn’t come down really hard on the Archbishop of Milwaukee, She’ll have “egg on her face,” forever, and I’m including the afterlife, where the Church can have an interplanetary symposium in Hell!

  • Brian

    While I believe that pedo priests should go straight to prison, without exception, the practice of making jackpot cash payouts should end. Especially when decades have passed.

  • Just Axin

    Good, Brian. Let’s see what happens what you are held down with a d i ck shoved up your a$$ and see if more than 10 years is enough time for you to get over it…..idiot. You punish people by taking their freedom away and financially.

  • Judy Block-Jones

    If this Vatican summit is to be believed that things are going to change and the victims will be acknowledged and that kids will be protected at all costs, the first order of business would be to fire Bishop Listecki, and turn him over to police.

    Then fired Bishop Finn, and turn him over to police..

    and then we do to the Philly diocese. …. we could go on for a long list and a long time..

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511
    “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” and all clergy.

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