Tell your Rep, by Kristine Ward

Published on February 22, 2013

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issues a report recently that NSAC believes should not be overlooked.

The Church is quick to hum the tune that it’s the leader in reform where sexual abuse is concerned and the singing is aimed at pushing the inquirer past the blunt facts that few clerics or nuns have been prosecuted for sexual abuse and the hierarchs that covered up the criminal activity aiding and abetting its continuing are not sitting in jail cells.

The UN Report takes aim at the United States at the national level for going light on the investigation and criminal prosecution of clerics for sexual abuse. The report is a result of a five year review.

Here are links to several news stories about the report:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/343857

http://rt.com/usa/un-sexual-abuse-religious-541/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/un-faults-us-for-failure-to-prosecute-abusive-clerics/2013/02/20/ba05fd0c-7ba4-11e2-b147-36af0e207220_story.html

And we call your attention to SNAP Wisconsin’s statement on the international section of its website:

http://03409bc.netsolhost.com/snapwisconsin/

Be the first to let your US House of Representatives member and your US Senators, know about this report and your thoughts about it:

Here’s an easy link to contact your congressperson and senators.

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Another Cardinal Speaks Out
The Times They Are A’ Changing?

 Cardinal Joseph Zen, who at age 81 is prohibited from participating in the conclave took the unusual step of criticizing the Vatican for appeasement of the Chinese government.

But it seems he has something to say to his brother Cardinals before their withdrawal into the Sistine Chapel.

He charged that the Vatican has allowed Chinese government officials to exercise control over the Church in China.

Cardinal Zen says while he’s criticized Beijing in the past he refrained from criticism of the Vatican but now he believes Vatican officials “should take responsibility.”

Link to the story: http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17133

— Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) KristineWard@hotmail.com

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